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Issue : 8 July 2008

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  • Mark Radcliffe: 'We should question the power of drug companies'Subscription

    Opinion16 July, 2008

    Why it isn't always easy being NICE

  • Food ChampionsSubscription

    Analysis15 July, 2008

    With patient nutrition a concern, Kathy Oxtoby finds out how nurses in Yorkshire are improving hospital meals

  • Acting for vulnerable adultsSubscription

    Analysis15 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion15 July, 2008

    ‘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

    Opinion15 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion15 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion15 July, 2008

    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

    Opinion15 July, 2008

    ‘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’

  • News analysis: Building a quality workforce fit for the future of nursingSubscription

    Analysis14 July, 2008

    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

    News14 July, 2008

    The number of Clostridium difficile cases has risen by 16% in Scottish hospitals despite hand hygiene improvements, according to figures.

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