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Issue : 28 September 2016

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  • Women taking the contraceptive pill 'more likely to be depressed'

    Women taking the contraceptive pill 'more likely to be depressed'

    NHS Choices7 October, 2016

    “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

  • Acne won't extend your life, but might delay signs of ageing

    Acne won't extend your life, but might delay signs of ageing

    NHS Choices6 October, 2016

    “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

  • Top 5 tips for surviving a 12-hour shift on the ward

    Top 5 tips for surviving a 12-hour shift on the wardSubscription

    Opinion6 October, 2016

    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

  • Could riding roller coasters help you pass kidney stones?

    Could riding roller coasters help you pass kidney stones?

    NHS Choices5 October, 2016

    “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.

  • gavin hibberd smith crop2

    'I'm excited to see where my nurse training takes me'Subscription

    Opinion5 October, 2016

    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.

  • mental health Elderly man with a walking stick looking outside

    Nurse dementia expert takes on housing charity roleSubscription

    News5 October, 2016

    Professor June Andrews has been appointed to the board of England’s largest not-for-profit provider of older people’s care and housing.

  • tests_research_clinical_swab_hospital_lab_diagnosis.jpg

    How healthy is the state of nursing research?Subscription

    News5 October, 2016

    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.

  • hospital_bed_ward_patient.jpg

    Ward scheme 'increased quality but not productivity'Subscription

    News5 October, 2016

    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.

  • Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

    Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

    NHS Choices4 October, 2016

    The BBC reports that: “The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies.”

  • 'Beyond the cuckoo's nest: my experience of Electroconvulsive therapy'

    'Beyond the cuckoo's nest: my experience of Electroconvulsive therapy'Subscription

    Opinion4 October, 2016

    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

  • Switched on lightbulb - bright idea

    RCN offers new funding and mentorship schemeSubscription

    News4 October, 2016

    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.

  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

    Infection prevention campaign starts in North WalesSubscription

    News4 October, 2016

    New all-in-one kits are being used by staff at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to help fight infection.

  • Acute eczema seen on the trunk of 61 year old man SPL

    Eczema risk 'linked to diet during pregnancy'Subscription

    News4 October, 2016

    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.

  • Queen's Nursing Institute

    Calendar brings community nursing history to lifeSubscription

    News4 October, 2016

    The Queen’s Nursing Institute has once again brought history to life with its nursing heritage wall calendar for 2017.

  • violin music

    Trust rolls out music scheme for dementia patientsSubscription

    News3 October, 2016

    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.

  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

    Nurse becomes non-exec director of acute trustSubscription

    News3 October, 2016

    A nurse with nearly 40 years’ experience in the NHS has joined the board of directors at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Care Quality Commission

    New Lincolnshire PICU set to create nurse postsSubscription

    News3 October, 2016

    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.

  • letter note writing

    Bursary system ‘unsustainable’, claims ministerSubscription

    News3 October, 2016

    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 'don't help you lose weight'

    NHS Choices3 October, 2016

    “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

  • WellChild

    Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild Subscription

    News3 October, 2016

    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.

  • Labour Party

    Status of EU NHS staff needs protection post-BrexitSubscription

    News1 October, 2016

    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

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • Give it up for health visitors and protect public healthSubscription

    Features30 September, 2016

    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.

  • Kingston University and St George’s University, London

    UK nursing professor honoured by US medical societySubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • Two member of staff talking

    How do staffing issues affect patient experience?Subscription

    Opinion30 September, 2016

    Fenella’s experience as both an in- and out-patient varied considerably depending on staffing levels and the number of regular staff employed

  • Florida State University

    New centre to study nursing of indigenous peoplesSubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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 assembly

    Welsh government urged to reveal bursary plansSubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • NT Deputies 2016

    Nurse apprenticeships 'must meet pre-reg standard'Subscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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

    Pay rise above 1% 'needed to ease nurse crisis'Subscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • rural houses

    'My flatmate might just ruin my first year'Subscription

    Features30 September, 2016

    Can you advise this student nurse?

  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust

    CQC visit sparked temporary closure of unitSubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • Department of Health

    Senior DH nurse set to chair leg ulcer initiativeSubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has appointed Dr David Foster as its new vice chair and chair elect.

  • Mummy’s Star/Salford University/Women of the Year/RCM

    Student midwife recognised for charity workSubscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • weighing scales

    New tool to measure impact of health visiting Subscription

    News30 September, 2016

    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.

  • Man holding a box of office belongings

    Clampdown on NHS redundancy pay and pensionsSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    The Treasury has revealed plans to substantially cut the size of redundancy payments made to public sector workers, including NHS staff.

  • Elderly woman in wheelchair

    Should you say 'nappies' or 'incontinence pads'?Subscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    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

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    Student nurses give us their advice on how to best study for exams and get amazing marks that match. 

  • Illustration of a brain with cogs

    Stroke in the young: a first-hand accountSubscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    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.

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

    Nurses develop ‘bay watch’ safety programmeSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    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.

  • Royal College of Nursing

    Leading nurse becomes patient safety charity patronSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    Dame Professor Donna Kinnair has been appointed patron of patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents.

  • Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

    Age simulation suit helps nursing staff ‘empathise’Subscription

    News29 September, 2016

    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.

  • Magnifying glass

    PSA assesses need for nursing associate regulationSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    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.

  • hospital bed

    Renewed appreciation for the NHSSubscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    After an accident on holiday in France, Kate found herself admitted to hospital and needing to adapt to healthcare in an unfamiliar culture

  • shower water

    'That's what I'm here for': patience and kindness in hospitalSubscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    Exhausted and in pain, Jenny’s hospital stay was transformed by the kindness and compassion she received from HCA Tracey

  • Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

    Cambridge nurse wins children’s charity awardSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    A specialist paediatric haematology nurse from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has received an award for her contribution to charity fundraising and ambassadorship.

  • NSAIDs

    Heart failure risk varies between different NSAIDsSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    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.

  • tea and biscuits

    How a simple cup of tea can restore a sense of normalitySubscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    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

  • nurse stress

    Stresses for Student Nurses Subscription

    Features29 September, 2016

    Being a student nurse can be incredibly rewarding, but it also has its doses of stress. 

  • Woman injecting boy with an anaphylaxis autoinjector

    Allergy patients often ‘too scared’ to use injectorSubscription

    News29 September, 2016

    Nurses should educate patients who are supposed to carry adrenaline auto-injectors due to their allergy risk “at every opportunity”, according to new guidance.

  • 'My first major bleed left me scared and exposed. And it was a vital experience'

    'My first major bleed left me scared and exposed. And it was a vital experience'Subscription

    Opinion29 September, 2016

    On this particular day I was a joint scrub with an ODP member of staff for a procedure.

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