All posts by Eileen Shepherd
More than one million people in the UK may have stopped having sex altogether as a result of a heart condition.
I was at Nottingham University Hospital Research conference last week and listened to an interesting paper about washing sedated patients on intensive care units at night (between 9pm and 11pm). The aim is to reduce the interruptions that occur when someone is being washed during the day. The team are in the process of evaluating the change.
Last week our #SNTtwitchat highlighted some anxieties about raising spiritual issues with patients and what we mean by spiritual needs.
Last week, #nttwitchat discussed a national initiative aimed at ensuring agency nurses are high quality and up to the job. One nurse commented that 12 hour shift were inflexible and resulted in more agency staff being ...
A recent news story in Nursing Times highlighted the views of the ethicist Dr Anthony Wrigley who suggested that axing the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was “too extreme”. He said scrapping the measure on the basis of some poor use was like prohibiting the use of morphine.
Last week we reported claims that some nurses are not able to pass numeracy and literacy tests as part of the recruitment processes.
An article published this week in Nursing Times suggests patients and student nurses can be put at risk if students’ supernumerary status is not protected. The authors suggest that supernumerary status is poorly defined, and if it is not upheld there is a risk that students may provide unsupervised ...
A UK nursing study has suggested that there is a need for clear policies on rostering that define staff levels, skill mix and shift patterns. It found that rosters were “highly politicised” and rule governing how nursing staff were scheduled were “undocumented, tacit and informal”.What ...
Involving patients in decision making requires expert knowledge and an understanding of patients’ perspectives. This week we report the results of a small study that aimed to assess the impact of self-testing on catheter evaluation by continence nurses. The authors found that almost ...
Last week David Cameron said more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone. But can Skype and email replace face-to-face contact?
A trial in Scotland is working on developing a new standardised prescribing and administration chart to cut out errors in prescribing wrong doses or the wrong drug by clinical staff.
This question was posed by Natalie Silvey @silv24 on Twitter last weekend and it caught my eye:
A recent article published in Nursing Times explored a case study of a children with chicken pox and no rash. Chickenpox is usually self-limiting, but complications can occur. In healthy children these include secondary bacterial infections of the chickenpox lesions, otitis ...
One day a ward sister asked a student nurse to clean all the patients’ dentures. The student got a bowl, collected the dentures and cleaned them. The rest of the shift was spent trying to find which dentures belonged to which patients.
The government has announced that NHS hospitals will have to submit data on the number of girls and women who have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM).
Members of the Royal College of Nursing who work for the NHS, private sector or independently in aesthetics will no longer be covered by the union’s indemnity scheme from July. The RCN described the change as “small” and said it was in order to close a loophole that allowed employers to shift the costs of cover onto the college.
Last week we reported that residents at a Gloucestershire care home can now enjoy a game of darts or their favourite drink, thanks to the introduction of a pop-up pub.