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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.
The peculiar term ‘cultural cringe’ describes an internalised inferiority complex that causes people to dismiss their own culture.
'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
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.
As the end of her PhD approaches, Liz shares her thoughts on how the role of nurses within research is expanding
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.
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.
Simple nasal rinses could help relieve chest and breathlessness symptoms in asthma patients, according to new research presented today at a conference in London.
'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.
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
At the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) one of our main areas of interest is how the adult social care sector will adapt to meet the needs of an ageing population.
“Controversial report claims there’s no link between ‘bad cholesterol’ and heart disease,” the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: “Bad cholesterol ‘helps you live longer’,”.
“New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study,” BBC News reports.
“Have scientists found a cure for alcoholism?,” the Mail Online asks, missing the point of the research entirely.
Students in Jersey have raised awareness of hydration and nutrition, particularly in the care home sector, by organising a giant tea party.
Jewish Care recently introduced a Key Performance Indicators (KPI) system to compare and evaluate key aspects of care.
HC-One has started a care assistant development programme to help senior carers develop their skills and expertise.
By assisting all its lead activity coordinators to achieve their National Activities Providers Association level 2 certification, Barchester Healthcare is helping residents to engage socially.
‘Summer internship scheme will ‘set you apart’ from other graduates’
Not so very long ago the nearest most nurses got to clinical research was data gathering during observations of patient participants.
“The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat,” The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin – a polymixin antibiotic.
Emergency nursing is a fast, exciting, sometimes infuriating but most of all vibrant specialty.
Like many student nurses, Katie Davis had not considered undertaking a career in research. But now she has there’s no looking back
Patient safety has become such a core element of healthcare that you might be forgiven for thinking it had always been a priority for healthcare providers and health professional
A few weeks ago I was talking to a ward sister about some amazing work she had done to reduce incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers on her ward.
I remember being in my third and final year of my nursing degree fervently hoping that I would secure a job in an older adult community mental health nursing team.
'We are now contending with the public’s unrealistic expectation of what they are entitled to'Subscription
Irene Hall reflects on her 50 years in the NHS and what has changed during that time
By conducting research, Liz Lees strives to make sure nursing is robust and evidence based
Leg ulcers: let’s do the sumsSubscription
What are we doing to address the ongoing UK crisis in leg ulcer care? Find out how you can help improve care for patients nationwide
The topic of when and for how long relatives and friends can visit on hospital wards has long been a much discussed topic.
There is no doubt that spending time with patients is beneficial to everyone, but is sitting down and having a drink with your patient culturally acceptable in your place of work? Maria Davison thinks it should be
GPs are still giving out antibiotics to treat coughs and colds, the Mail Online, The Daily Telegraph and BBC News report, as a study reveals efforts to curb antibiotic use has had “mixed success”.
Are you a nurse because your dad didn’t wash up?Subscription
What makes people want to go into nursing?
“Vampire treatment with young blood reverses ageing process,” The Independent reports.
'Let’s remember to take TIA seriously'Subscription
According to a new report by the Stroke Association investigating TIA patients’ experiences, about a quarter of patients agreed that health professionals are too quick to dismiss the condition.
'Never underestimate someone's will to live'Subscription
The news that NICE are not going to fund a new breast cancer drug had personal resonance for student nurse, Caroline
“Probiotics ‘don’t ease’ baby colic,” the Mail Online reports. A small, though well-conducted, study suggests that probiotics – commonly touted as “friendly bacteria” – could actually make symptoms worse.
“Multiple sclerosis patients may benefit from statins,” The Guardian reports.
“Stem cell ‘breakthrough data inappropriately handled’,” BBC News reports.
Research is an essential element of good clinical practice, this article takes you through the process of carrying out clinical trials
What do you wish for Christmas?Subscription
This Christmas a close friend of mine will be dividing her time between her family and caring for her mother with dementia.
“Can damp, mouldy rooms increase risk of Parkinson’s? Study shows fungi can affect how brain chemicals function,” the Mail Online reports. But before you start frantically cleaning your home, the study in question involved flies, not humans.
“Scientists have hailed an historic ‘turning point’ in the search for a medicine that could beat Alzheimer’s disease,” is the exciting news in The Independent. This headline comes from an early study of the effects of a new drug on mice with a type of neurodegenerative brain disease.
'Nurses are the masters at doing more with less'Subscription
In the next couple of days, one of the most inspiring months of the year begins for us here at Nursing Times.
The Mail Online promises us a “revolutionary blood test that could predict how long you’ll live, what ailments you’ll get – and how fast you’ll age”.
Air pollution, chiefly from traffic exhaust fumes in cities, is having a serious and sometimes fatal effect on health, The Guardian reports.
Involving people with dementia in researchSubscription
Research is vital if we are to gain a full understanding of dementia, but ethical issues around consent must be resolved when studies include people with the condition
Yesterday I went to see a play Inside out of Mind. Based on a dementia admissions ward it told the story of staff and patients.
“Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time,” The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail’s front page leads with the somewhat fanciful warning that new research raises the “spectre of cloned babies”.