Issue : 29 July 2008
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Earlier this month, the British Journal of Psychiatry published an article from 28 psychiatrists that was essentially a call to reassert the ‘authority’ of the science and ideology of medicine in mental health.
Despite the creation of specialist positions, nursing has made little progress over the past decade and is in danger of losing its direction, argues Deborah Glover
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?
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.
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.
Nursing Times’ weekly Behind the Headlines series sifts the facts from the fiction
The skills and understanding of all nurses need to be developed to improve the patient experience.
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 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).
A new vetting and barring employment scheme is planned for next year. Richard Staines investigates how it will affect nurses