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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
Understanding your personality type can help you to deal with stress
Ensure safe and effective care when using enteral and parenteral nutrition
The role of the research nurseSubscription
Research nurses play a vital role in ensuring clinical research studies run smoothly and that participants are safe and fully informed
How to manage the diabetic footSubscription
Diabetes-related complications have a major financial impact on the NHS. A guideline offers advice on managing patients in acute settings.
How to teach inhaler techniqueSubscription
When individuals are first prescribed inhaled medication it is essential to teach them about the correct use of their inhaler to ensure optimal drug delivery
The balanced score card can be used to involve nurses in developing and acting on quality indicators; it also shows at a glance how well standards are being met
How to provide effective oral careSubscription
Oral hygiene is crucial for patients’ health, and a fundamental nursing responsibility
“Babies ‘need solid food as well as breast milk’ in first six months,” the Daily Mirror has reported.
A positive nurse-patient relationship is vital in anorexia recovery but can be difficult to form for many reasons.
An expert nurse advises on safe, effective care and when to contact a specialist nurse
How to prevent the spread of norovirusSubscription
Norovirus gastroenteritis, although not a serious illness in itself, can have a severe impact in care settings
Improving the energy efficiency of houses may reduce winter deaths. A trust developed an algorithm to assess eligibility for winter warmth initiatives
Child weighing guidance published by RCNSubscription
Guidance for nurses who weigh infants, children and young people in acute healthcare settings has been published by the Royal College of Nursing.
Starting toilet training later in children with learnng disabilities can result in obstacles. A five step approch was developed to achieve bladder and bowel control
Nocturnal enuresis can have a severe impact on quality of life. A member of the NICE guideline development group outlines the latest advice on treatments
Safer medicines month was launched to alert nurses to essential aspects of medicines administration policy. This article discusses the campaign’s impact
Hyperparathyroidism is often seen as a silent disease. Nurses need to be able to link pathophysiology to nursing practice to provide safe and effective care
How to manage transient loss of consciousness in adults and young people aged 16 and overSubscription
NICE has issued evidence based guidance on the assessment, diagnosis and specialist referral of adults and young people who have experienced blackouts
Hypertension is the most frequent complication of pregnancy. NICE guidance advises how to care for women who have, or are at risk of developing, the condition
Enhancing nurses’ roles to improve quality and efficiency of non-medical cardiac stress testsSubscription
Nurses and other non-medical staff have reduced a 42 week waiting time for myocardial perfusion imaging to just two weeks. The trust reveals how
Childbearing women should receive a personalised service that meets their needs. For this to occur, we need to embrace the assistance of well trained support workers
Nurses vital to success of GP commissioningSubscription
Nurses are “essential” to the success of the GP consortia commissioning system being introduced as a key part of the NHS white paper reforms, ministers and GP leaders have said.
How to reduce dose errors for heparinSubscription
A Rapid Response Report by the National Patient Safety Agency outlines how errors associated with calculating doses of low molecular weight heparin can be reduced
To compile a strong portfolio, nurses need to collate a balanced selection of evidence, which clearly demonstrates both their learning and achievements
How to manage acute myocardial infarction with primary percutaneous coronary interventionSubscription
Heart disease is a common cause of premature death. This article discusses the procedures for assessing and treating patients requiring PPCI
Productive Mental Health Ward aims to reduce waste and free up time for direct care. A trust discusses the impact of the initiative on both patients and staff
A member of the NICE guideline development group discusses the latest evidence based public health guidance on weight management in pregnancy
Lifelong learning is vital to keep up to date with evidence based practice. This article reveals how to structure portfolios to best present your professional development
Women may prefer to receive treatment for miscarriage at home rather than in hospital. A pilot study assessed the effectiveness of community based management
A training needs analysis identified a more positive approach to dementia patients was needed. This was addressed with interactive dementia awareness sessions.