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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 25th – 31st January 2016

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

Top story:

healthcare workers

healthcare workers

Nursing associates are back in the news this week, with a consultation by Health Education England which suggests that introducing enhanced qualifications and clinical governance may be enough to ensure public protection, and therefore statutory regulation of the role may not be neccessary.

The consultation asks for views on what the nursing associate role should entail and whether the title ‘nursing associate’ is appropriate.



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Our exclusive coverage of NMC’s chief executive’s statement explained how the council would be able to regulate nursing associates, if asked to. There are concerns that not regulating the new role will “mislead the public”.

Also in the news:

Mental health settings

Mental health settings

You will likely be unsurprised by comments from a leading mental health expert that nursing staff are facing “intolerable pressures” in mental health settings. Alan Simpson, professor of collaborative mental health nursing at City University London, describes strains on services at levels of severity not seen since the 1980s.

Scottish CNO defends blog criticising poor nursing care
Scotland’s chief nursing officer has told Nursing Times she stands by a controversial blog post in which she highlighted instances of unprofessional behaviour by nurses.

nurse education

Nurse education

Nurse education standards ‘need revising to higher level’, suggests review
Interim findings from a review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s set of standards for pre-registration education have indicated they are no longer fit for purpose and need updating.

student march jan 9th no 2

student march jan 9th no 2

Student nurses to walk out of placements over bursary removal plans
In two weeks’ time on 10 February students across the UK are planning to walk out of their clinical placements for an hour from 10am to 11am, in protest over the removal of student nurse bursaries. This is to coincide with the junior doctor’s strike, which is due to take place all day.

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

From the editor:

‘Leaked guidance backs ratios despite u-turn’

“NHS conspiracy theorists would have considered last week’s story on safe staffing guidance for A&E as vindication of their suspicious natures.

“It revealed that, contrary to statements last year from senior leaders in healthcare, staff ratios really do matter.”

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Clinical articles:

Woman with pipette doing medical research



Spotlight on… Nurses in research

 ”Not so very long ago the nearest most nurses got to clinical research was data gathering during observations of patient participants.

“Outside of academic institutions studies were devised and led by others, and nurses were excluded from core research teams. How times have changed.”

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Setting research priorities in emergency care

  • Challenges for researchers in emergency medicine
  • Priority setting in emergency medicine and how nurses can get involved

Identifying and defining research questions

  • How to choose the subject of your research
  • Deciding on a relevant research question
  • Generating applicable search terms and key words

Accessing specialist nurse roles on placement

  • Difficulties accessing specialist nurse roles on placement
  • Implementing a pilot framework to address the issue
  • Feedback on the pilot

Family Nurse Partnership: why supervision matters

  • Development and aims of the Family Nurse Partnership
  • Outline of the FNP’s supervisory structure
  • How the supervision framework could benefit nursing

Risks linked to drugs with anticholinergic effects

  • Adverse events associated with drugs with anticholinergic effects in people aged 65 or older
  • Use of anticholinergic risk scales with older or frail people

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One of my colleagues has recently started disappearing from the ward for no apparent reason once or twice a day. We have worked together for six years and this is very out of character. When I have asked where he has been he has been vague and changed the subject.

“So far our ward manager doesn’t seem to have noticed. I don’t want to get him in trouble, but it is starting to annoy the rest of the team. What should we do?”

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