Opinion, analysis and debate
All professionals must make critical choices about what information they use to inform their practice. This is true of me as a librarian, and even more so of health professionals such as nurses.
Cannabinoids can reduce seizures in some people with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy, but they increase the risk of adverse events, according to a review summarised by an NIHR Signal
The peculiar term ‘cultural cringe’ describes an internalised inferiority complex that causes people to dismiss their own culture.
Since the research teams at Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust were merged in 2013, patient participation in studies has more than doubled. This initiative won the Clinical Research Nursing category in the 2017 Nursing Times Awards
'Wicked problems require creative solutions'Subscription
How can student nurses, newly qualified nurses and health and social care professionals make a difference, ruminates student nurse Leanne
A former critical care nurse conducted a project to reduce the wastage of red blood cell units and promote single-unit transfusions. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
Establishing a mental health clinic at a GP practice improved access to treatment. This initiative won the awards for Nursing in Mental Health and Nurse of the Year in the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
Professionals from a wide range of clinical settings collaborated in a nurse-led project to develop pathways and incentives for improving the care of patients with acute kidney injury
A writing group in a nursing home in Scotland shows that residents with dementia can be empowered to express themselves and staff enticed to be creative in their approach to care
People who know me will know I’ve spent a great deal of my career talking about evidence-based practice and developing cultures in which turning knowledge into action is easy.
A clinical research nurse on-call rota can dramatically improve recruitment to clinical trials. This initiative won the award for Clinical Research Nursing at the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
A simple bedside tool has been recently designed to help ward staff in hospitals assess older people’s eyesight and reduce their risk of falls
People with Parkinson’s disease experience acute deteriorations in their symptoms; in Cornwall, a pathway helps them manage these while avoiding hospital admissions
King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has changed its approach to staff education about patient safety, introducing a safety forum and informal safety events
Spirometry is widely used to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases, but requires specific skills and knowledge. A national register is being created which will feature all appropriately trained and/or certified practitioners
A strategy to make an emergency department a more attractive work setting to nurses, both junior and experienced, has reduced the nursing vacancy rate from 65 to 14%
An initiative was set up in a university to educate and support its nursing and midwifery educators through the process of revalidation
As the end of her PhD approaches, Liz shares her thoughts on how the role of nurses within research is expanding
A winning team from the Nursing Times Awards 2016 set up an asthma clinic for people with learning disabilities to help improve asthma control and reduce pressure on urgent care services
It might seem that with the current staffing pressures facing the nursing profession, that the last thing anyone would have time for is thinking about clinical research.
Nursing Times 2016 Cancer Nursing Award winners describe how they created an innovative resource to help people with cancer talk to their children about the condition
An Australian study has found that the rate of suicidal thoughts was seven times higher in a group 3,338 adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes than in the general population
Healthcare staff tend to not drink enough – or not at all – during shifts. A student nurse has created a poster to be displayed in rest areas, explaining why it is important to keep hydrated and prompting staff to drink
Many nurses lack confidence and skills in evaluating or undertaking research. A support group in Cambridge helps nurses embrace research to ensure their practice is always evidence-based
In Wales, an acute clinical team delivers patient-centred intermediate care to support people in their homes and reduce hospital admissions
A Dutch study of cervical screening for HPV and cancer found screening intervals could be safely extended in some groups
The NHS aims to become paperless by 2018. One trust has successfully implemented an electronic maternity records system accessible by all staff in all settings
Despite better safeguarding policy, 88.5% of nursing and care staff reported, in a recent survey, witnessing or suspecting abusive practices in homes where they had worked
Research in care homes found that where properly supported, volunteers can improve the wellbeing of residents, relatives and even staff
For some time, I’ve questionned the accuracy of measuring liquid medication and how much is wasted in the process. I recognised that both administering and auditing liquid medication has unique problems and the current system of decanting to measure amounts given against stock has several drawbacks.
In East London, joint working between respiratory and palliative care teams ensures patients with severe COPD have access to end-of-life care.
Simple nasal rinses could help relieve chest and breathlessness symptoms in asthma patients, according to new research presented today at a conference in London.
Although effective catheter reviews can facilitate timely removal of indwelling urinary catheters, there is no clear guidance on how to carry out this essential clinical skill
Ensuring rapid access to acute respiratory careSubscription
Development of a specialist acute outreach team and rapid-access clinics enabled a trust to ensure acute respiratory patients had timely access to specialist care
One trust developed a web-based induction resource to welcome and inform students who are about to undertake clinical placements
Developing leadership skills in senior nursesSubscription
In Scotland, two practice educators worked with local health boards to develop the leadership skills of senior nurses via bespoke training programmes
Orthostatic hypotension can increase patients’ risk of falls. Careful assessment is needed so that treatment and management strategies can be implemented
The nursing profession needs to regain control of the research agenda, otherwise it risks becoming subordinated to the interests of academic institutions
Improving student nurse skills with simulationSubscription
Student nurses at the University of Bradford experienced the responsibilities of qualified nurses through simulation of challenging clinical situations
Avoiding pressure ulcers from plaster castsSubscription
An acute trust has taken economic and simple measures to eliminate device-related pressure ulcers
Nurse researchers often have to choose between doing research that informs nursing practice and fulfilling the requirements of an academic career
An NHS trust has developed a tool to assess wellbeing in older people with mental health issues, enabling staff to detect and record individual needs
Using clinical audit to reflect and revalidateSubscription
A trust encouraged nurses to become involved in clinical audit and to reflect on their experience as part of their revalidation requiremen
Improving hydration in pre-operative patientsSubscription
A project aiming to reduce pre-operative starving times resulted in a dramatic fall in the number of patients starved for prolonged periods before undergoing surgery
Guidance on preventing surgical site infectionSubscription
A group of professional associations produced guidance for practitioners on how to apply infection prevention best practice across the surgical pathway
Protecting time for clinical supervisionSubscription
Clinical supervision is often sacrificed on busy wards but holding sessions over lunch can mean time is protected and the process more relaxed, but still beneficial
Personalised care plans in the last days of lifeSubscription
One trust in England piloted a new tool to help ensure nurses consider the Priorities of Care for the Dying Person when caring for patients who are in the last days of life
'Is research always conducted ethically?'Subscription
Suraiya’s role as a volunteer befriender has given her insight into the potential impact healthcare research can unwittingly have on patients.
Integrating mental and physical healthcareSubscription
Registered adult and mental health nurses participated in a job rotation programme so they could meet the physical and mental healthcare needs of patients
Is there still a perception that care homes continue to be ‘left behind’ in the NHS, particularly in relation to dementia care? asks Caroline Baker