Issue : 5 October 2010
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CQC sets new nursing care standardsSubscription
Nurses working in care homes and the independent sector must meet tough new standards following an expansion to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection regime.
White paper ‘underestimates nurses’Subscription
Nurses’ lack of visibility in the health white paper will create “real problems”, Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter has predicted.
Safety when giving insulin in hospitalSubscription
A Rapid Response Report by the National Patient Safety Agency outlines how risks associated with insulin administration can be minimised to prevent harm
Most of us have probably noticed that the number of older patients being admitted with complex heath needs and a degree of cognitive impairment, such as dementia, is increasing. These patients are not being admitted just to elderly care units but across many different specialties.
In the mid 1980s it wasn’t all backcombed hair and too much eyeliner. We had the miners’ strike, Thatcherism and Adam and his chuffin’ Ants. On top of that there wasn’t always much work around, so for some of us finding a “career” was a little bit random.
A Cochrane review looked at international evidence on oral nutritional supplements for older people in institutional settings and at home
All schools of nursing must have a fitness to practice committee. The different procedures that apply to trainees compared with registered nurses are discussed
While testing to ascertain whether aspiring nurses are compassionate has some value, this vital quality of nursing can and should be taught by example, argues Val Newton
Doll therapy in dementia care remains a controversial intervention but it may well provide people with sensory stimulation and purposeful activity
A training needs analysis identified a more positive approach to dementia patients was needed. This was addressed with interactive dementia awareness sessions.