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News In Brief

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News In Brief


- No neonatal unit in Scotland had the minimum recommended nursing ratio last year, according to premature baby charity BLISS, which surveyed 14 of the country’s 15 units. It said that the service was at least 200 nurses short of the standard set by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.

- A counselling service for nursing students in Manchester has closed after 15 years. The service at University of Manchester’s school of nursing, midwifery and social work ended last month as the school moved to a new location. Former coordinator Catherine Rhodes estimated the service had helped over 3,000 students and staff.

- Senior nurses are to spend more time on infection control education, under plans unveiled by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to tackle MRSA and Clostridium difficile. It will also increase the number of staff on night duty and last week opened a 21-bed isolation ward.

- Diabetes specialist nurses in North East Essex PCT will deliver an innovative programme to help patients manage their condition. Sheila Smyth, the trust’s diabetes facilitator, said the X-PERT programme ‘covers all aspects of understanding diabetes, dietary action plans, and the importance of physical activity and weight management’.

- Romance between female nurses and male doctors is only the second most common pairing in medical fiction, say researchers. The most common is male doctor with female doctor. ‘Nurses tended to be skilled, beautiful and determined but still compassionate,’ the authors said, after reading 20 books.
The Lancet (2007) 370: 1482

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