Issue : 29 July 2008
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AbstractSmith, S. et al (2008) Nursing observations on ward patients - results of a five-year audit. This is an extended version of the article published in Nursing Times; 104: 30, 28-29.Recording vital signs is an important part of the care of patients on hospital wards but problems have been identified with the way these signs are recorded. This article describes the results of five years of annual audits carried out by Kent and Medway critical ...
Applying theory to practice through clinical supervision. This is an extended version of the article published in Nursing Times; 104: 30, 30-31.
New clinical research pathways are welcomeSubscription
The consultation on the most significant shake-up to nursing careers has backed the plan for new career pathways, but the detail is yet to be agreed.
A new vetting and barring employment scheme is planned for next year. Richard Staines investigates how it will affect nurses
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is widely used to assess level of consciousness in a wide variety of clinical settings and is a recommended observation tool in all patients with head injuries (NICE, 2007).
This is a two-part unit on using spinal opioids to manage postoperative pain. Part 1 outlines the pharmacology and adverse effects. For details on spinal anatomy and dose levels, plus a table that outlines the differences between spinal anaesthesia and analgesia, and epidural analgesia, see
The skills and understanding of all nurses need to be developed to improve the patient experience.
Nursing Times’ weekly Behind the Headlines series sifts the facts from the fiction
According to recent news items in the national press, acute mental health admission wards are not healthy places to be. My immediate response was ‘no kidding’ and I’m sure many of you will know what I mean.
It’s time to stop taking students for grantedSubscription
In under a year, I hope to leave university as a qualified nurse. But will this just mark a stage along an uncertain road with no job in prospect? Many nursing students worry about this.