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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 12th – 19th March 2016

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Your must-read guide to what’s happening in nursing this week

Top stories:

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Nursing associates are back in the news this week as our exclusive interview with Health Education England’s director of nursing suggests there is a “strong appetite” for the new role. Last year we revealed there were plans to introduce the ‘bridging’ role between healthcare assistants and qualified nurses, which were later confirmed by government.

Also in the news:

Would you forego contributing to your pension in return for better pay today? Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has defended a controversial pay deal aimed at attracting agency nurses, which means band 5 nurses can earn more if they opt out of the NHS Pension Scheme.

Last week we reported on the 1% pay increase that NHS staff can expect this April. A new pay circular has now been released explaining what the 1% means for you if you are on an Agenda for Change pay band. The comments on this story and on our Facebook page show the strength of feeling that 1% is a long way from a fair pay rise.

Student nurse feedback can help ensure clinical placements meet students' needs

Student nurse feedback can help ensure clinical placements meet students’ needs

The weak point of nurse education? An independent commission has highlighted concerns that healthcare students do not always have opportunity to give or receive feedback during their placement. It found feedback is often given only at the end of the placement meaning students do not have a chance to improve. The real-life practice students observe on placement undermines the theory they have been taught, the commission found.

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

From the editor:

‘Why are NHS staff afraid to ‘fess up?’

“Last week, the health secretary felt the need to create an open reporting culture, fearing that incidents were going unreported.

“He is definitely right – but why? Why should staff feel afraid to raise issues when they happen, or admit mistakes have occurred? What is it about healthcare that constrains people from speaking out when something is not right?”

Read more…

This week’s clinical content:

Nurse wheelchair older patient

Nurse wheelchair older patient

Are day hospitals effective for older people’s care?

In this article:

  • The role of day hospitals in the care of older people
  • Findings of a Cochrane review of day hospital care

Older patient hospital eat

Older patient hospital eat

The impact of weight loss on patients with cancer

In this article:

  • Why people with cancer are susceptible to weight loss
  • How cancer-related weight loss can affect wellbeing
  • Strategies to address patients’ feelings and needs

Online tool to aid decision-making in child health

Doctor giving child injection

Doctor giving child injection

In this article:

  • Challenges of managing child health in primary care
  • New online tool to aid decision-making at the point of care

Patient narratives 2: Helping patients to give informed consent

Doctor and patient filling form

Doctor and patient filling form

In this article:

  • Learning about patients’ experience of consent
  • Reflections on capacity and consent
  • Power relationships between nurses and patients

Implementing national patient safety alerts

Resuscitation infant

Resuscitation infant

In this article:

  • The importance of national patient safety alerts
  • Recognising barriers to implementation of an alert
  • How trusts can ensure patient safety alerts are implemented

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Opinion and Analysis:

Computers and nursing didn’t always mix
In this week’s Readers’ Blog, Edward Sumner looks back on the days when computers were seen merely as a “useful tool to assist” nursing, rather than essential for modern nursing practice.

Platform to strike black gold
Having wanted to be a nurse since she was four years old, Louise Cameron found her calling as an oilrig medic. This week’s role model makes an interesting read for anyone wanting to know more about just how far your nursing career can take you.

Early diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancers: Are we making a difference?
By creating a ‘one stop clinic’ for people concerned about possible cancer symptoms, Morecambe Bay Hospital aimed to address the fears preventing early detection. Richard Turner, urological clinical nurse specialist, explains.

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