Issue : March 2012
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GP groups must prove they have nursing roleSubscription
The government’s new GP-led commissioning groups will have to prove they have a nurse on their governing body before taking on their duties, according to documents seen by Nursing Times.
PNs face tighter checks on registrationSubscription
GPs are to be told to check their practice nurses are on the nursing register in response to fears unqualified staff are posing as registrants.
The Royal College of Nursing says it has “grave concerns” that a shake up of UK immigration policy could lead to thousands of overseas nurses being forced to leave the UK.
“Heart attacks could be predicted in advance,” The Daily Telegraph has reported, while the Daily Mail assures readers that a “simple and inexpensive test that can spot a heart attack waiting to happen could be available next year”.
900 nurses in Virgin community services dealSubscription
Community services, including provision of nursing care at eight community hospitals, have been transferred to the private sector in a deal worth £500m.
Staff working for the Care Quality Commission are demoralised and fear making a mistake because of impossible workloads, a union survey has found.
The mid-game collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba has received massive press attention this week, as the 23-year-old was left in a critical condition after his heart stopped beating.
“Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly even treat cancer,” BBC News reported.
Scientists have discovered how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) works in people with severe depression, The Independent has reported.
“The secret to staying slim may be all in your genes,” the Daily Mail has reported, adding that scientists have uncovered a “greedy gene that makes you eat more even when you are full”.
England’s next chief nursing officer has told Nursing Times she is anxious to “demonstrate the good work that nursing and midwifery does”.
“Babies fed on demand do better at school,” reported The Guardian, adding that those who “are fed when they are hungry achieve higher test scores” but that the experience takes its toll on their mothers.
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study by University Hospitals of Leicester Trust and Leicester University.
“Human resistance to antibiotics could bring ‘the end of modern medicine as we know it’,” according to The Daily Telegraph.
There is increasing evidence that measuring blood pressure in both arms should become a routine part of monitoring patients with hypertension, according to UK researchers.
TB guidance published by RCNSubscription
Guidance on the care of patients with tuberculosis has been published by the Royal College of Nursing.
Nurses in England have lower levels of job satisfaction and are at higher risk of “burnout” than their counterparts in most other European countries, a major nursing study has revealed.
New research has found that “eating white rice could raise your risk of type 2 diabetes” according to the Daily Mail.
A Midlands hospital is conducting the UK’s first “tweetathon” from a maternity unit today.
The newly-installed chairman of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay this week said he had found a “massive gulf” between clinicians and managers at the troubled foundation trust.
How to turn your dream job into a realitySubscription
Follow a few simple tips to show a prospective employer why you are the best person for the job, says Sarah Snow.
The community and district nursing workforce fell sharply last year, latest figures reveal, sparking fears of a “creeping tragedy” for patient care.
One in four children have back problems because of heavy school bags, according to The Daily Telegraph.
#NURSESHIFT: what is Nurseshift?Subscription
Nurseshift is an open online tweeting community that holds regular chats concerning hot topics in the world of healthcare.
Unison is to ballot its 450,000 members who work in the health sector on the government’s proposals to change the NHS pension scheme.
“Small quantities of processed meat such as bacon, sausages or salami can increase the likelihood of dying early by a fifth,” The Daily Telegraph reported today.
Julie Raine is proud of the nurses who lead combined sexual and contraceptive services.
We talk to Daniel Kelly, Royal College of Nursing professor of nursing research at Cardiff University, who has worked in nursing practice, education and research for over 33 years.
Local pay bargaining could raise salaries in some English “hotspots” but parts of the West Midlands and Yorkshire, Strathclyde and Wales may lose out, Treasury documents suggest.
Chancellor George Osborne has hinted that local pay rates will be introduced for some public sector workers.
Census confirms NHS nursing workforce has shrunk Subscription
The number of registered nurses working in the NHS fell by 3,000 last year, according to latest workforce figures.
Cancer nurse to carry Olympic torchSubscription
An oncology nurse from Sussex will carry the London 2012 Olympic Games torch as part of its journey round the country.
“Experts are calling for controversial metal-on-metal hip implants to be banned,” according to The Guardian.
Setting minimum staff to patient ratios could create a more stable nursing workforce that is less dependent on agency cover, while improving safety, according to the latest academic review.
Patient safety pilot shows improved resultsSubscription
A tool for measuring four key areas of nursing appears to increase the likelihood of older patients receiving “harm free” care, according to a report seen by Nursing Times.
The proportion of NHS staff who would recommend their organisation as a place to work is steadily dropping, latest survey results reveal.
Asthma inhalers may be linked to birth defects, the Daily Mail has today reported.
'Is it necessary for all nurses to be mentors?'Subscription
Anyone who doesn’t see the benefit of Twitter, and thinks it’s merely a means of conducting a social life without ever needing to get out of your pyjamas should check out #Nurseshift and #Nurchat.
I faced a moral dilemma this week.
New England chief nursing officer namedSubscription
The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed Jane Cummings as its chief nursing officer. Ms Cummings is currently the nursing director for NHS North of England, and previously for NHS North West.
A group of NHS doctors plan to field candidates against high-profile coalition MPs at the next general election in protest at controversial government health reforms.
Syphilis test kits 'gave false results', say HPASubscription
A small number of people tested for syphilis in England and Scotland have been given inaccurate results, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said.
Second Caesarean health benefits claimSubscription
Pregnant women who opt for a second Caesarean delivery have babies who are less likely to suffer serious health problems, research suggests.
“Stem cells beat kidney rejection,” says BBC News.
Surgical site infections are the next infection control “challenge” facing the NHS, a leading nurse consultant has warned.
Drug recommended by NICE for stroke preventionSubscription
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended the oral anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa) as an option for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation.
'Swaddling' of babies 'to be avoided'Subscription
The return to popularity of a previously almost eradicated practice of tightly wrapping babies in blankets is causing a rise in hip problems, a surgeon has warned.
Chronic heart failure gets EMA approvalSubscription
A drug has been approved for the treatment of chronic heart failure by the European Medicines Agency.
LSD “helps alcoholics to give up drinking”, BBC News has today reported.
Draft guidance has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to reduce “considerable uncertainty and variations in practice” in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).