Issue : 29 July 2008
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Unison HCA conference: Transfer plan for degreesSubscription
Trainee HCAs on foundation degree courses should be able to do extra modules so they can easily transfer over to nursing degree courses, according to a leading academic.
Proposals for a regulatory system for HCAs are expected to be published in the new year, delegates heard last week at a Unison conference in London.
The hostile relatives dilemmaSubscription
I feel I am doing a really good job on my ward, and my manager has told me so. However, I am told that I do not handle hostile relatives very well. What can I do to deal with these situations more effectively?
No single factor contributes to an increase in healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in NHS trusts, according to latest nurse research.
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 NMC will not elect a new vice-president before the council is dissolved in January.
Nurses back career pathwaysSubscription
The Department of Health is to push ahead with its plan to modernise nursing careers by introducing structured clinical pathways.
NMC panels face sweeping cutsSubscription
Many of the NMC’s fitness to practise panellists will not be reappointed when their term of office expires, NT has learnt.
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.
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).