Issue : 8 June 2010
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Nurses shun swine flu jabSubscription
Almost 60 per cent of NHS frontline staff did not have the swine flu jab over the winter, despite a strong campaign to encourage nurses and other NHS workers to get vaccinated.
Chief Nursing Office Dame Christine Beasley has attempted to clarify the position of student midwives administering prescription-only drugs.
Healthcare assistants lead in dementia careSubscription
Healthcare assistants play an unacknowledged managerial role in the care of dementia patients, research has revealed.
Fitness to practise tests to be put on iceSubscription
Plans to regularly check nurses’ competencies are likely to be delayed after a similar scheme for doctors was postponed by the government, according to a senior regulator.
The Royal College of Nursing is launching a judicial review of a vetting scheme it fears will breach nurses’ human rights and have “catastrophic” consequences for their careers, Nursing Times can reveal.
Using action research to develop a thoracic support nurse role to enhance quality of care Subscription
Action research can make changes to clinical practice while involving the whole team. A nursing team used this method to develop a thoracic support nurse role
Using a database to demonstrate the clinical nurse specialist’s contribution to patient care Subscription
The benefits of the clinical nurse specialist role to patient care are not always clear. A trust developed a database to analyse their workload and contribution
Everybody matters 3: engaging patients and relatives in decision making to promote dignity Subscription
Patients and their families must never become passive receivers of impersonalised care. Dignity is promoted by ensuring patients are involved in treatment decisions
Ensuring patient choices about dignity and place of death are respected at the end of lifeSubscription
Patients’ palliative care preferences should be respected, but many people still do not die at home. This article examines how services must adapt to allow this
Healthcare requires a flexible workforce – so direct entry midwives should not be denied opportunities to move to different areas of practice, says Stephanie Stevens