Issue : 28 September 2016
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“Are you on the Pill? You’re more likely to be depressed: Women who use contraception are up to 70% more likely to be on antidepressants,” reports the Mail Online
“Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer,” says The Telegraph online
More days off and increased continuity of care for patients are the most notable benefits of twelve hour shifts, but there’s no denying that they can be physically and mentally draining
“Got kidney stones? Ride a roller coaster! Study shows it is the most pain-free cost-efficient way to pass them,” says the Mail Online of a study carried out in the US which tested riding roller coasters as a way of passing kidney stones.
Before starting his training Gavin thought he knew where his career was going, but placements have helped him realise the vast array of options available to him.
Professor June Andrews has been appointed to the board of England’s largest not-for-profit provider of older people’s care and housing.
How healthy is the state of nursing research?Subscription
With seemingly more and more research studies being published but more time pressures on staff, we want to gauge nursing’s current status in the world of clinical research.
The main legacy of a national productivity programme aimed at nurses has been to improve the ward environment rather than to increase the amount of time nursing staff spent with patients, suggests a study.
The BBC reports that: “The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies.”
It is fair to say that Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a controversial treatment that many people do not realise is still prescribed in contemporary medicine
RCN offers new funding and mentorship schemeSubscription
The Royal College of Nursing is encouraging nurses, students and healthcare assistants to submit ideas to improve practice, with the best receiving mentorship to help implement their innovation.
New all-in-one kits are being used by staff at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to help fight infection.
Eczema risk 'linked to diet during pregnancy'Subscription
Infants whose mothers had a higher level of a particular type of vitamin B during pregnancy have a lower risk of eczema at age 12 months, according to UK researchers.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has once again brought history to life with its nursing heritage wall calendar for 2017.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is bringing music routinely onto its wards for older people and for those with a dementia, following successful trial visits.
Nurse becomes non-exec director of acute trustSubscription
A nurse with nearly 40 years’ experience in the NHS has joined the board of directors at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
New Lincolnshire PICU set to create nurse postsSubscription
Plans have been approved to build a new psychiatric intensive care unit in Lincolnshire, which will mean up to 40 healthcare jobs could be created.
Bursary system ‘unsustainable’, claims ministerSubscription
The system of bursaries and other financial support currently received by nursing and midwifery students is “not sustainable”, ministers have claimed in response to a letter from Nursing Times.
“Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” reports Sky News on a new trial which investigated whether using wearable technology helped people lose more weight compared to standard weight-loss programmes
Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild Subscription
A health visitor “beyond compare” will be among professionals and volunteers recognised for outstanding work with children with complex health needs at an awards ceremony tonight.
Union leaders have warned that the status of health and social care workers from other European Union countries need protecting or UK services risk a disastrous haemorrhage of staff post-Brexit.
Your 5 minute news summary: 1 October 2016Subscription
Unions have called for the government’s 1% public sector pay rise cap to be broken and for NHS staff to receive an above-inflation uplift in their salaries instead. They said this increase was needed to help ease the nurse recruitment and retention crisis.
I’m not normally one for the cavalcade of calendar awareness events that have become a bit of a public relations fad over the last decade, but this week was different – it was Health Visitor Week.
A UK nursing academic has been made a fellow of a prestigious US medical society, thought to be the first time a member of the profession has been given such a role.
Fenella’s experience as both an in- and out-patient varied considerably depending on staffing levels and the number of regular staff employed
A native American tribal leader and nursing academic is to establish the world’s first centre to carry out research into standards of healthcare received by indigenous peoples.
Welsh government urged to reveal bursary plansSubscription
The Welsh government must “stop dithering” and “make its mind up” over whether to continue providing bursaries to student nurses, members of the Welsh Assembly have warned during a debate.
Degree-level nurse apprenticeships being developed under government plans must meet the pre-registration requirements already set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for nurse education, the professional regulator underlined at its council meeting this week.
Pay rise above 1% 'needed to ease nurse crisis'Subscription
Pay rises for NHS staff that are capped at 1% are “unsustainable” and must instead be increased to above inflation rates to help ease the current nurse recruitment crisis, unions have warned ahead of the annual review of health service staff salaries.
'My flatmate might just ruin my first year'Subscription
Can you advise this student nurse?
CQC visit sparked temporary closure of unitSubscription
Lack of sufficient staffing and inappropriate use of restrictive practices led to the temporary closure of a unit for children and young people at a mental health trust, after an inspection by regulators.
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has appointed Dr David Foster as its new vice chair and chair elect.
Student midwife recognised for charity workSubscription
A Salford University midwifery student has been nominated for a Woman of the Year award as a result of her work helping mothers who have cancer.
New tool to measure impact of health visiting Subscription
A new guide for health visiting teams to measure the outcomes and impact of their practice has been launched in order to help them demonstrate their value to local commissioners.
Clampdown on NHS redundancy pay and pensionsSubscription
The Treasury has revealed plans to substantially cut the size of redundancy payments made to public sector workers, including NHS staff.
Should you say 'nappies' or 'incontinence pads'?Subscription
As a long-term user of nappies, Simon argues that continence services should be split into two services to be truly sensitive of individual needs
Student Nurse Tips on How to Study for Exams Subscription
Student nurses give us their advice on how to best study for exams and get amazing marks that match.
Stroke in the young: a first-hand accountSubscription
At the age of 17, Beth went from being a normal, healthy teenager to lying in a hospital bed unable to move or speak. Now spear-heading an awareness campaign for strokes in the young, she reflects on her recovery and the care she received along the way.
Nurses develop ‘bay watch’ safety programmeSubscription
Hospital nurses in Southampton have taken inspiration from lifeguards on the beaches of California to help further reduce the number of preventable falls among older patients.
Dame Professor Donna Kinnair has been appointed patron of patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents.
Community nursing staff from across Lincolnshire will soon be able to gain a better understanding of the physical challenges of old age by using an age simulation suit.
An assessment of whether nursing associates should be regulated or not is being carried out by the body that oversees the work of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators, following a request by government officials.
Renewed appreciation for the NHSSubscription
After an accident on holiday in France, Kate found herself admitted to hospital and needing to adapt to healthcare in an unfamiliar culture
Exhausted and in pain, Jenny’s hospital stay was transformed by the kindness and compassion she received from HCA Tracey
Cambridge nurse wins children’s charity awardSubscription
A specialist paediatric haematology nurse from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has received an award for her contribution to charity fundraising and ambassadorship.
Commonly used prescribed painkillers for treating pain and inflammation are associated with an increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure, which varies depending on the drug in question and the dose at which it is prescribed, according to international researchers.
A cup of tea: something we see as mundane and every-day, but to our patients it can mean an awful lot more, explains staff nurse Adam Miller
Stresses for Student Nurses Subscription
Being a student nurse can be incredibly rewarding, but it also has its doses of stress.
Nurses should educate patients who are supposed to carry adrenaline auto-injectors due to their allergy risk “at every opportunity”, according to new guidance.
On this particular day I was a joint scrub with an ODP member of staff for a procedure.