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Issue : December 2006

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  • Comment - Continence care must respect patients' dignitySubscription

    Clinical21 December, 2006

    The winner of the Nursing Times Continence Award was announced on 6 November at an awards ceremony in London. The awards celebrated the achievements of all of the finalists from around the country and highlighted the enthusiasm that continence teams have in raising awareness and improving the care of patients with continence problems.

  • Agenda for Change and annual leaveSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    VOL: 102, ISSUE: 7, PAGE NO: 65Nursing Times' ongoing series on Agenda for Change answers your questions about the new pay system for NHS staff.

  • Becoming a nurse or midwifeSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Information from Royal College of NursingAs a nurse it is possible to work in, among others, hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing and residential homes, occupational health services, voluntary organisations that run hospices or residential care and the pharmaceutical industry. Nurses also work in the prison service, university education, on leisure cruise ships or for the armed forces.

  • Comment - When is an ulcer a clinical incident? A call for pragmatismSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Eileen ShepherdDipN, Editor, Chronic Wound ManagementPressure ulcers are regarded as visible evidence that a patient's care is inadequate. Most nurses know the feelings of shock, failure and guilt when a patient is diagnosed with pressure damage.

  • Comment - It's time for a national service frameworkSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Eileen ShepherdDipN, Editor, Respiratory NursingThe British Thoracic Society has described lung disease as a burden, and anyone working in respiratory care knows what a huge burden it is to patients, for whom there is frequently no cure. Many also face unemployment and social isolation as well as dependence on oxygen therapy and, eventually, terminal care.

  • Comment - Nurse education is vital to maintain servicesSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Eileen Shepherd

  • Comment - Gimmicks are not the way to combat infectionSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Linda PearsonBSc, RN, PhD, PGCE(FE), is RCN Institute distance learning tutor and a freelance development facilitatorLet me nail my colours to the mast. I am appalled at the thought of patients being given the responsibility for the safety of their own care by asking staff: 'Have you cleaned your hands?' (see page 46). Passing the buck to the very people we are caring for is a very uncomfortable option. So why on earth are we in this situation, and what can we do about it?

  • Comment - We need consensus on mixed aetiology ulcersSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Irene Anderson, BSc, DPSN, RN, chairperson, Leg Ulcer Forum; Eileen Shepherd, DipN, Editor, Chronic Wound ManagementThe last issue of Chronic Wound Management featured an article on the management of mixed-aetiology leg ulcers (Anderson and King, 2006) that has ignited an important debate.

  • Comment - We need specialist nurses to tackle COPDSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    Simple health promotion interventions that encourage smoking cessation can have an enormous impact on health outcomes for people with COPD. A recent study in Poland demonstrated that if patients are informed when lung function tests show they have signs of airway obstruction and are then provided with smoking cessation advice, a significant number give up smoking (Bednarek et al, 2006).

  • The use of research findings in nursing practiceSubscription

    Clinical20 December, 2006

    VOL: 103, ISSUE: 01, PAGE NO: 32Ven Veeramah, MSc, BSc, DipN, CertEd, RMN, RNT, is principal lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of GreenwichThe integration of research findings into practice remains problematic (Parkin and Bullock, 2005) while the use of ...

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