Issue : 29 July 2008
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Training triage A&E nurses to identify key risk factors for suicide attempts could help pick up those most at risk before it is too late, suggests a US study.
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 NMC will not elect a new vice-president before the council is dissolved in January.
Cost of vetting to be transferred to nursesSubscription
A new vetting and barring scheme to protect vulnerable adults will require all nurses to pay an extra £64 on top of their NMC registration fee in order to practise.
No single factor contributes to an increase in healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in NHS trusts, according to latest nurse research.
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.
Cash needed to reduce obesitySubscription
The government must fund more school nurse posts to help stem the increase in obesity levels, according to the RCN.
Nurses back career pathwaysSubscription
The Department of Health is to push ahead with its plan to modernise nursing careers by introducing structured clinical pathways.
A good deathSubscription
Dying people should receive better care thanks to a new strategy. Jo Hartley outlines the current barriers nurses face in practice
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
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.
Applying theory to practice through clinical supervision. This is an extended version of the article published in Nursing Times; 104: 30, 30-31.
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 ...