Issue : 6 May 2008
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Diarrhoea and its possible impact on skin healthSubscription
Mary Wilson outlines the causes of diarrhoea, why bowel control may be lost when stools are loose, the potential damage to the skin and how this can be minimised. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
The IMPACT Paediatric Bowel Care PathwaySubscription
Historically the management of children with continence problems such as constipation was based purely on clinicians’ experience and ‘custom and practice’.
More power to practice nursesSubscription
As a new wave of large, independent providers competes for GP contracts, Richard Staines looks at the future for practice nurses
‘These are passionate dedicated people’Subscription
Louise Hunt meets the NT award-winning team dedicated to young people with cancer
Continence consultations to cost £3mSubscription
The government is set to launch yet another consultation into proposals to change funding for stoma and incontinence appliances this month.
The goverment is creating new guidance for the NHS on the best use of specialist nurses, which is due to be issued shortly.
Health checks for ‘bed sores’Subscription
The Healthcare Commission is to publish proposals to annually measure hospitals’ performance in preventing pressure ulcers and assigning individual care plans to patients, NT has learnt.
Johnson pledges training supportSubscription
The government will act to ensure nurses can gain better access to post-graduate training, health secretary Alan Johnson told congress.
Strike policy to be amendedSubscription
The RCN is to rethink its constitutional rules governing how it goes about taking industrial action.
Three-year pay offer gains backingSubscription
Speakers at congress have called on college members to accept the 8% three-year pay offer currently on the table from the government.
The independent NHS pay review body must be protected, according to a resolution passed by congress.
Call for dignified careSubscription
The RCN is to launch a campaign championing patient dignity later this year, general secretary Peter Carter has announced.
CNO aware of training worriesSubscription
Chief Nursing Office for England Chris Beasley has signalled the NMC will act on concerns about removing specialist branches of pre-registration training.
Delegates demand HCA regulationSubscription
Nurses have told the college to lobby government to regulate advanced HCAs and draw up a national standard of practice.
Malaira cases remain too high among UK travellers because there is a common misconception that being born in a malaria-affected country will provide continued immunity to those now living in the UK, warns the Health Protection Agency.
Information key to HPV roll-outSubscription
Encouraging girls to attend for both doses of the new human papilliomavirus vaccine will prove challenging for school nurses, suggest the authors of a UK pilot study.
Asthma patients can take controlSubscription
Giving patients control over their asthma education helps to reduce visits to A&E, say UK and Australian researchers.
A staff nurse has been given a demonstration of new ECT machinery, which involved no assessment of her competence. Can she refuse to use it?
‘Can you avoid HCAIs?’Subscription
I live only one mile from the door of the hospital where I work. The schools that my children attend are not much further away. I have lived in my present house for a long time and know a lot of people around the area.
Younger students need encouragementSubscription
'For every young student who can be stroppy or difficult, I know a dozen who are helpful, sweet and dedicated'
Have you heard of the CERN experiment? It’s something to do with physics so don’t expect much detail as the only thing I remember from school is that if you swing a Bunsen burner round your head really fast you are quite likely to hit someone with it.
PN pay rise doubtSubscription
A VIRTUAL pay freeze for GPs this year could spell no salary increase for practice nurses.
A&E nurses unduly pressurisedSubscription
Nine out of ten A&E nurses have felt unduly pressurised at some point to meet the four-hour waiting target, according to an RCN survey unveiled at congress.
Nurses should collect ethnic dataSubscription
Practice nurses should routinely collect data on ethnicity from all patients, recommend researchers from the University of Warwick.
The national programme to prevent cardiovascular disease in those aged 40 to 74 is due to be rolled out in 2009–2010. In principle, this is warmly welcomed but will it turn out to be little more than a mass data-gathering exercise, a large study that masquerades as major health promotion?
New survey findings suggest that self-harm among adolescents, especially young girls, is an increasing problem. Nerys Hairon finds out more about this behaviour
This article, the second in a six-part series on specimen collection, details how to collect a catheter specimen of urine
This is the first of a two-part unit on arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis, and focuses on background information and basic interpretation of ABGs where no evident compensation is taking place. It discusses the various components on an ABG report, the normal ranges and the significance of abnormal readings.
The aim of this project was to explore appraisal systems in my place of work, identifying the importance of the appraisee and appraiser role within the process to promote a positive and effective system.
Raising awareness, early detection of psychosis and accessing help quickly remain the greatest challenges.