Issue : 8 July 2008
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Why it isn't always easy being NICE
With patient nutrition a concern, Kathy Oxtoby finds out how nurses in Yorkshire are improving hospital meals
Acting for vulnerable adultsSubscription
Eight years ago guidance sought to address shortfalls in the care of vulnerable adults. Ingrid Torjesen examines how nurses are now taking action to protect this client group
We’re expected to have all the answersSubscription
‘The conversation ambled on until she asked me where the soul goes when one is brain-dead. Did it stay within the body until the ventilator was switched off, or did it go straight to heaven?’
On the wards: Nurses can help cut costsSubscription
Several weekends ago I read a headline in our local paper with much surprise: ‘£30m cut for our hospitals’. The headline relates to the trust where I work and is based on the news that the trust aims to save £30m during the current financial year.
How can I make sure my grading is right?Subscription
I used to be graded at the top of band E but, following AfC, I am at the top of band 5. How do I move through a gateway to band 6? My managers don’t know if this is possible and don’t seem to know what the KSF is
'Nail-cutting is an essential part of nursing'Subscription
Have you heard the one about the nurse who is going to be sued for cutting a patient’s nails?
‘The NHS needs fewer visions and more staff’Subscription
‘It is a puzzle why SHA personnel are handsomely paid to sit at meetings and promulgate visions yet, if any of my patients were to do so, it would initiate an urgent hospital admission’
A high-quality workforce will be key to taking the NHS Next Stage Review forward. Louise Tweddell examines in detail the main points of the staff strategy plan
C. difficile on increase in ScotlandSubscription
The number of Clostridium difficile cases has risen by 16% in Scottish hospitals despite hand hygiene improvements, according to figures.