Issue : February 2018
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The road to life saving stomach surgery for some obese patients is blocked - research can help clear a pathSubscription
Obese patients have as much right to be offered effective treatment as those with other serious diseases such as cancer, yet for some patients the road to life saving stomach surgery is blocked. Research can help clear a path, writes Prof John Wilding, the national specialty lead for metabolic and endocrine disorders at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”
There is still more work to do to encourage women in Scotland to improve their health before they become pregnant, a major report on maternal and infant nutrition has indicated.
We don’t have enough nurses. We’ve got it wrong. We need to correct that fast.
I am proud that chief nurses and HR directors are focusing on retention – many have done so for a while. Now we have a movement underway to act collectively as a profession to retain our staff.
'A royal endorsement for nursing is welcome'Subscription
Next week will see the launch of a new campaign that will champion nurses and ensure the public understands the profession’s place as the lynchpins of care.
A review of the experiences of hospital accident and emergency staff suggests that workers have resigned themselves to patient violence and aggression.
Patient falls and pressure ulcers have been reduced since two hospital nurses successfully lobbied for an administrative assistant to be appointed to support them, they have told Nursing Times.
School-based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are unlikely to have much impact on the childhood obesity epidemic, suggest latest UK trial results.
The number of people from England applying to train as a nurse has fallen for a second year in a row, dropping by a further 13% compared with the same point in 2017, official figures have shown.