Issue : December 2005
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When questioning whether a practice is based on evidence, it is worth thinking the unthinkable. In the context of this article it means asking if preoperative preparation is really necessary.
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 50, PAGE NO: 24Helen L. Day, MSc, BSc, RGN, RSCN, DipN, is paediatric critical care clinical educator and outreach facilitatorRachel M. Taylor, MSc, RGN, RSCN, DipRes, is nurse researcher; both at the Paediatric Liver Centre, King’s College Hospital, LondonPart 3 outlines blood tests (Malarkey and McMorrow, 2000; Siconolfi, 1995) and more complex tests.
The issue of whether nursing theory can influence clinical practice has been widely debated in the UK (Humphreys et al, 2000; Newton and Smith, 1998; UKCC, 1986). The role of the link teacher in nurse education was introduced to help facilitate a link between theory and practice in the clinical setting (Crotty, 1993). An effective clinical environment is viewed as highly beneficial in the promotion of this vital association (Saarikoski and Leino-Kilpi, 2002).
Debra Lynch, RGN, is discharge coordinator
Extended nurse prescribing will make a significant difference to practice across the country, and should benefit both health care professionals and patients. It is therefore vital that nurses understand the particular issues regarding the prescription of modified-release drugs and transdermal strong opioids to ensure safe prescribing and administration.
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Aim: To examine the personal and clinical characteristics of patients suffering from sudden hearing loss.
A huge number of patients successfully access health care services in the UK - each day more than one million are treated by the NHS alone. However, it is estimated that 10 per cent of patients admitted to the NHS are harmed unintentionally (National Audit Office, 2005).
Antipsychotic drug use has been associated with impaired sexual functioning for almost 40 years (Shader and Grinspoon, 1967). A recent survey showed that at least one symptom of sexual dysfunction was reported by 82 per cent of men and 96 per cent of women who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia (MacDonald, 2003).