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Issue : 5 February 2008

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  • Pneumonia 2: Effective nursing assessment and managementSubscription

    Clinical5 February, 2008

    Part 1 of this two-part unit on pneumonia explored common signs and symptoms of the infection, and explained how nurses can identify those at high risk. This part looks at its nursing assessment and management.

  • Setting up a nurse-led patient forum to inform choiceSubscription

    Clinical5 February, 2008

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  • Improving acute care of people with learning disabilitiesSubscription

    Clinical5 February, 2008

    This article reports on the development of a patient passport system for use by people with learning disabilities entering acute care settings. The passport contains information on patients’ individual needs to help hospital staff with the care planning process. The aim is to help patients take part in the decision-making process where possible, as required by the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and to improve their experience of acute care.  

  • More action required to cut alccohol-related death rateSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    New figures show that the UK’s alcohol-related death rate continues to rise, with men particularly at risk. Nerys Hairon reports on what nurses can do to tackle this problem

  • Online reports ‘improve’ care homesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Online report cards on nursing home performance could help improve patient care, a US study suggests.

  • Screening tool helps to identify at-risk childrenSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Nurses can use a simple screening tool to identify children and adolescents at high risk from parents who misuse drugs, US nurse researchers say.

  • Nurse support key factor in quit ratesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Nurse-led smoking cessation support can significantly increase the chances of patients successfully quitting, according to a Cochrane Review.

  • Severe asthma is ‘different’Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Patients with severe asthma may have a different form of the disease, according to research on more than 750 patients, half with severe and half with mild-to-moderate asthma.

  • Information vital in donor decisionSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    More effective communication between nurses and bereaved relatives could increase the number of organ donations, suggests a small UK study.

  • Cosmetics pose ICU infection riskSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Bacteria living in moisturising body milk could cause life-threatening infections in ICU patients, warn researchers.

  • Will we ever see the end of mixed wards?Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Ministers have admitted they are failing to meet a pledge to abolish mixed-sex wards, claiming single-sex bays will suffice. Richard Staines gauges reaction from the frontline

  • Africa losing one in ten qualified nurses to developed countriesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    One in ten nurses born in Africa is working in a developed country, according to estimates based on census data from the top nine destinations for overseas health professionals.

  • Vacancies put Scottish care standards at riskSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Increases in nurse numbers in Scotland are being outstripped by vacancy rates, leading to warnings that care standards are suffering as a result.

  • Psychiatric staffing levels ‘unsafe’Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Nurse shortages and overcrowding in acute psychiatric units is having a ‘deleterious’ effect on the care of detained patients, a watchdog warned last week.

  • Suicides increase in prison systemSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    There was a significant rise in the prison suicide rate last year, despite improvements in custodial healthcare provision.

  • New unit reflects patients’ journeySubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    A new £33.5m medium-secure mental health unit is to open this month at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London.

  • Trusts face infection litigationSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Foundation trusts could be sued if they breach infection control regulations under new proposals issued by their regulatory body.

  • Drop in infection rate puts target in sightSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Trusts moved a step closer to meeting the government’s MRSA target last week, after figures from the Health Protection Agency revealed a significant drop in cases.

  • NI nurses receive new dress codeSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Northern Ireland nurses will be given a new dress code in April as part of a £9m infection control strategy over the next three years.

  • Equal pay case accuses AfC of inherent sexismSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    An equal pay case against the NHS this year could open the floodgates on thousands of similar claims from nurses.

  • Nursing care plan must be improvedSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    RCN Scotland has backed a report calling for better planning of free personal and nursing care.

  • Unemployment rises in graduatesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Unemployment among graduate nurses is increasing, information released in the Commons confirmed last week.

  • Students dumped in training rowSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Nursing students in London have found themselves at the centre of a row over pre-registration training standards.

  • Scotland boosts MS care provisionSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Every health board in Scotland now has at least one multiple sclerosis specialist nurse, following the appointment of Alison Maciver.

  • Where training is valuedSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    In recent weeks, NT’s training campaign, Time out for Training, has focused on the lack of time, funds and support given to nurses’ post-registration education. This week, Jennifer Taylor contrasts staff experiences in the NHS with those in the independent and voluntary sectors

  • Nursing in the 1960’s: 'The ward sisters were pretty fierce'Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Continuing our series of features celebrating the 60th anniversary of the NHS, Adrian O’Dowd looks at the 1960s – a time when nurses were growing in confidence

  • Starting outSubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    Some experiences are beyond words

  • On the wardsSubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    ‘Space is at a premium’

  • Hot TopicSubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    ‘The important symbols of nursing have not been eradicated – they have changed’

  • record keeping nurse monitoring patient on bed

    What should I do if a colleagues competence is questioned?Subscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    If an appropriately qualified nurse is allocated to a patient but her competence is questioned by a staff member, what are the responsibilities of the manager?

  • Listen up: A medic has much to learn from an HCASubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    I have two lives. Each helps the other be more effective but it is not something I normally confess to.

  • Opinion: Rob HarteveldtSubscription

    Opinion1 February, 2008

    ‘We should all be proud of our national health service’

  • Urine collection in infants and childrenSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Authors: June Rogers, MSc, BA, RSCN, RN, is paediatric continence adviser, Liverpool PCT, Liverpool; Caroline Saunders, BSc, PGD, RSCN, RN, is consultant nurse urology/gynaecology, Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey, Liverpool.Abstract: Rogers, J., Saunders, C. (2008) Urine collection in infants and children. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 40–42.June Rogers and Caroline Saunders review current evidence and best practice regarding obtaining a urine specimen from children.

  • Urine collection in infants and childrenSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Authors: June Rogers, MSc, BA, RSCN, RN, is paediatric continence adviser, Liverpool PCT, Liverpool; Caroline Saunders, BSc, PGD, RSCN, RN, is consultant nurse urology/gynaecology, Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey, Liverpool.Abstract: Rogers, J., Saunders, C. (2008) Urine collection in infants and children. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 40–42.June Rogers and Caroline Saunders review current evidence and best practice regarding obtaining a urine specimen from children.

  • Vaginal cones in stress incontinence treatmentSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    author Jeanette Haslam, MPhil, Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, is a retired specialist physiotherapist in women’s health.abstract Haslam, J. (2008) Vaginal cones in stress incontinence treatment. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 44–45.Jeanette Haslam explains the theory that underpins the use of vaginal cones in stress urinary incontinence and how this translates into practice.

  • Vaginal cones in stress incontinence treatmentSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Author Jeanette Haslam, MPhil, Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, is a retired specialist physiotherapist in women’s health. abstract Haslam, J. (2008) Vaginal cones in stress incontinence treatment. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 44–45. Jeanette Haslam explains the theory that underpins the use of vaginal cones in stress urinary incontinence and how this translates into practice.

  • Reducing Admissions for Urinary CatheterisationSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Author Sandra Foulkes, MSc, BSc, Dip Community Studies, CertEd, RN, is clinical nurse specialist, Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust.ABSTRACT Foulkes, S. (2008) Reducing admissions for urinary catheterisation. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 49–51.Sandra Foulkes describes a service development that reduced emergency admissions for urinary catheter-related problems through collaborative working and community catheter clinics. This will be supported by the use of a case study.

  • Reducing Admissions for Urinary CatheterisationSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Author Sandra Foulkes, MSc, BSc, Dip Community Studies, CertEd, RN, is clinical nurse specialist, Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust.ABSTRACT Foulkes, S. (2008) Reducing admissions for urinary catheterisation. Nursing Times; 104: 5, 49–51.Sandra Foulkes describes a service development that reduced emergency admissions for urinary catheter-related problems through collaborative working and community catheter clinics. This will be supported by the use of a case study.

  • We need a definition of nursing as HCAs take on more tasksSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Over the years many of us have engaged in debates about what nursing is; the philosophy that informs what we do and the way this influences how nursing is practised. Our philosophy of care guides decisions about how care should be organised, when it is appropriate to delegate care and whether nurses should take on new roles and responsibilities.While considerable amounts of time and paper have been dedicated to the pursuit of a definitive definition, it has been difficult to pin down.

  • We need a definition of nursing as HCAs take on more tasksSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Over the years many of us have engaged in debates about what nursing is; the philosophy that informs what we do and the way this influences how nursing is practised.

  • Nurse Prescribing: National data analysisSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Authors Kathy Davis, PhD, BSc, SRN, is postdoctoral research fellow, Consortium for Healthcare Research, City University, London; Vari Drennan, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN, RHV, is professor of health policy, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s Hospital Medical School, London.

  • Nurse Prescribing:  National data analysis

    Nurse Prescribing: National data analysisSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2008

    Authors Kathy Davis, PhD, BSc, SRN, is postdoctoral research fellow, Consortium for Healthcare Research, City University, London; Vari Drennan, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN, RHV, is professor of health policy, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s Hospital Medical School, London.

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