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The NHS RightCare programme is driven by the wish to reduce unwarranted variation and redirect resources towards better-quality care. It prompts nurses to take control and lead change
How board games can be used to improve safetySubscription
Board games are raising staff awareness of pressure ulcer prevention and other patient safety issues as part of a wider regional education and improvement programme
Working together on a new end-of-life care planSubscription
Across Cheshire, health professionals and patients have come together to create local end-of-life care plans, aligned with the recently five priorities for care
Using patient storytelling in nurse educationSubscription
Patient stories can offer students opportunities to gain insight into how care affects their patients’ experiences, and to reflect and learn from this
All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions
Principles of transmission-based precautionsSubscription
The essentials of patient isolation are summarised in this article. They are also available as a learning resource in our learning unit on patient isolation. Scroll down to read the article or download a print-friendly PDF here
The role of nurse leaders in improving healthSubscription
Senior nurse leaders have an important role to play in improving the health of patients and staff through the delivery of behaviour change interventions
Motivate your team to embrace changeSubscription
Be passionate about your vision to help get your team on board, says Caroline Shaw.
Stick to your New Year’s resolutionsSubscription
There are steps you can take to ensure behaviour change, says Patrick Ladbury.
A tool to identify falling care qualitySubscription
A safety trigger tool was developed so individual wards could anticipate where standards may start to deteriorate and therefore act to prevent care failures occurring
The director of the Royal College of Nursing Wales has welcomed the publication of a guide to help members improve patient care.
A two-day training course in communication skills for end-of-life care gave healthcare assistants more confidence in discussing death and dying with patients and families Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
The nose-ear-xiphoid (NEX) method for predicting gastric tube insertion length in children should be phased out, according to US researchers from Indiana University’s school of nursing.
Improving training in motivational interviewing Subscription
Practitioners from different clinical backgrounds can use motivational interviewing. A university set up a module on the technique for health and social care professionals
Using IT to improve out-of-hours careSubscription
A trust used information technology to make its Hospital at Night service safer and more efficient while improving staff satisfaction
Smoking cessation buddies in COPDSubscription
A buddy-led smoking cessation clinic can help patients with COPD to quit
Designing wards to release time to careSubscription
Innovative ward layout can reduce wasted nursing time. A hospital designed three new wards to allow nurses to spend more of their shift providing direct patient care
Opticians 'could test for diabetes'Subscription
A test for type 2 diabetes could be carried out by opticians or dentists through the simple prick of a finger, it has been claimed.
ECGs 1: how to carry out monitoringSubscription
The first in a three-part series on electrocardiograms explores continual monitoring
How to manage harmful drinkingSubscription
A guideline advises on diagnosing, assessing and managing harmful drinking and alcohol dependence in adults and young people