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Issue : 29 July 2008

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  • An audit of nursing observations on ward patientsSubscription

    Clinical24 July, 2008

    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 supervisionSubscription

    Clinical24 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion29 July, 2008

    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.

  • Can employee screening protect vulnerable patients?Subscription

    Analysis29 July, 2008

    A new vetting and barring employment scheme is planned for next year. Richard Staines investigates how it will affect nurses

  • Neurological Assessment Part 4 - Glasgow Coma Scale 2Subscription

    Clinical29 July, 2008

    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).

  • Spinal opioids in postoperative pain relief 1: pharmacologySubscription

    Clinical29 July, 2008

    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

  • End-of-life strategy to ensure quality care for dying patientsSubscription

    Clinical29 July, 2008

    The skills and understanding of all nurses need to be developed to improve the patient experience.

  • ‘Brain scan able to detect OCD’

    NHS Choices30 July, 2008

    Nursing Times’ weekly Behind the Headlines series sifts the facts from the fiction

  • Alison Gadsby: ‘We need to rethink mental health admission wards’Subscription

    Opinion30 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion30 July, 2008

    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.

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