Issue : February 2018
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The Language of Kindness Subscription
’The pages turn with ease as Christie writes with such an engaging, honest and humorous manner that it is virtually impossible to put this book down.’
'I find myself sitting on a precipice'Subscription
Student nurse Claire Axcell talks about what it’s like to be a student in her final year
We need to know what you think matters to people living with cancer.
Dave was supported by Gill (both pictured below) when his wife had ovarian cancer and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
’It is well written and structured systematically and clearly, perhaps a few detailed and colourful illustrations would assist however it reads easily and was informative.’
Whether it be a debate on vocational nursing or the implementation of new roles, one thing is for certain, the nurse role as we know it is under scrutiny as a solution is sought to address the staffing crisis within nursing, says student nurse Justyn Novak.
As we head into nutrition and hydration week (12-18th March), Sarah Moppett questions where more can be done to prevent malnutrition in hospitals.
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)
We’ve launched an updated version of our newsletter, Primary Care Update.
Adult-onset diabetes cases should be classified into five different types, rather than just type 1 or 2, according to researchers from Scandinavia.
Do you know a Macmillan professional or team who’s gone above and beyond to help people living cancer?
As student nurses, it’s easy to be paralysed by the belief that as we’re still training; it’s too soon for us to make a difference, says student nurse Peta Temple.
In a previous article, Kate Upton reported that, in her recent study, nearly 50% of a sample of acute medical care hospital nurses were identified as suffering from compassion fatigue (CF), and today askes, how can it be combated?
Patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are more than three times at risk for developing congestive heart failure, compared with other women, according to US researchers.
Staff shortages, along with long waiting times, lack of funding and government reforms, have pushed dissatisfaction levels with the health service to a 10-year high, according to latest survey findings.
The health service in England should be ready for continued pressure as a result of the current cold snap, according to the latest update from the NHS national emergency pressures panel.
Latest workforce figures have revealed a further decrease in the number of nurses and health visitors working in the NHS in England.
Practice nurses should encourage patients with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at home and use those readings in their day-to-day care, according to a team of UK researchers.
Ever watched that film Groundhog Day? The one where Bill Murray wakes up every morning and relives the same day?
Northern Ireland’s health department has launched a plan designed to make provision by the country’s district nursing teams 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
The Duchess of Cambridge has both launched and become patron of a new global campaign to raise the profile and status of nursing, which was launched today.
Michelle Corcoran, from the Longford Street Medical Centre in Heywood, has been named as Greater Manchester’s inaugural “practice nurse of the year”.
A charity has called for “greater dialogue” between healthcare professionals and families about what to expect, and what they can do, as the death of someone close approaches.
Offenders should be routinely checked for signs of past head injuries that could lead to further problems down the line, according to researchers.
The impact of disability upon young peopleSubscription
Adolescence to twenties can be an incredibly turbulent time, when independence and self-image are at their most potent. I would not relive those years of my life for all the money on Earth, and so I was beyond inspired by the young people with various disabilities that I met whilst in practice, explains children’s health SNT editor, Desiree Deighton.
A bullying culture between accident and emergency department nurses at a hospital trust in Merseyside has led to “tribal divisions” between staff and has been perpetuated by bosses failing to intervene, an independent report has found.
Predicting ahead of time which resident nursing home transfers to hospital could potentially be avoided is “difficult”, according to a new US study.
Systematic screening for fracture risk in older postmenopausal women would be a “highly cost-effective” use of NHS resources, according to researchers.
An 84-year-old nurse has just retired from her job in Devon, after clocking up a 66 years’ service for the NHS – thought to make her the country’s oldest and longest serving member of the profession.
Only around half of babies under three months of age who have bacterial meningitis present with fever, which has for decades been the trigger for further medical investigation, warn UK researchers.
One in four peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are used for five days or less when they should be reserved for long-term use, according to US researchers.
‘The financial fall-out from cancer was huge. Macmillan supported me and gave guidance.’
A medical device for treating constipation and faecal incontinence has been recommended for health service use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Short staffing makes it more likely that nurses and other staff will make errors with medication, the Royal College of Nursing has warned following a high profile report on the issue.
NHS and nurse leaders have urged people to take steps to help elderly and vulnerable patients stay “warm and well” during cold weather due over the next few days, to avoid unnecessary admissions.
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has officially launched a new specialist service offering help to new mothers with severe postnatal depression and other complex mental health issues.
Vacancy figures are no surprise, but at last provide undeniable evidence of a profession in crisisSubscription
One in 10 registered nurse posts in the NHS in England are vacant. That was the figure revealed in the latest quarterly update from NHS Improvement.
In an unusual situation, two generations of two different families are currently studying to be nurses at Oxford Brookes University.
A detailed review by senior nurses has identified “common themes” where trusts that are struggling with poor ratings for services for children and young people can look to improve.
It is “imperative” that patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during their 20s, 30s and 40s receive significant support on optimising their treatment and self-management skills, warn researchers in light of a new study on mortality risk.
Can I be a single parent and a nurse? Subscription
A single parent is looking for advice on whether or not to be a nurse…
The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that there will be a review of three treatments used by the NHS, following ongoing concerns from patients.
Healthcare assistants in Northern Ireland are to be known in future as nursing assistants, officials have said at the same time as announcing new standards for the support role.
A new smartphone application, or “app”, has been launched this week with the specific aim of helping nursing staff to manage their weight.
Antidepressants are more effective than placebo for the short-term treatment of acute depression in adults, a study led by UK researchers has confirmed.
Three specific lots of asthma inhalers are being recalled, including preventer and emergency relief inhalers, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned.
Pregnant women with hypertension can safely monitor their blood pressure at home instead of going into a hospital or clinic, according to UK researchers.
Macmillan is delighted to support the RSM conference on Work and Cancer on Wednesday 28 March.
Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update.
Nursing associates will not legally be able to give drugs under agreements, known as patient group directions (PGDs), that allow staff to administer medicines to patients without a prescription, senior nurses have stressed as they released guidance for the new role.