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Putting it into practice

How do we put research into practice in the surgery or the hospital ward? Each week we’ll pick out a practice article and pose some topics for debate and you can pose your own questions too… 

All posts by Eileen Shepherd

Do you know the signs of sepsis?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 21 Apr 2014

 Abstract

What is a patient group direction?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 14 Apr 2014

Abstract

Will recommendations for HCA training recreate the SEN role?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Feb 2014

Health Education England has launched a major consultation on ways to develop band 1 to 4 NHS staff, including increasing the number of healthcare assistants that move into nursing.

How do you think mobile technology can improve efficiency?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 18 Mar 2013

Drayton K (2013) How mobile technology can improve healthcare. Nursing Times; 109: 11, 16-18.

How do people with long-term conditions benefit from using social networks?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 11 Mar 2013

Cooper A (2013) Using social networks to help patients self-care. Nursing Times; 109: 10, 22-24.

How does the environment of an acute ward affect people with dementia?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 25 Feb 2013

Andrews J (2013) A guide to creating a dementia-friendly ward. Nursing Times; 109: 8, 20-215 key pointsAdmission to hospital may cause avoidable harm to people with undiagnosed dementiaGood hospital ...

What tensions exist between professional nursing ideals and the reality of clinical practice?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 18 Feb 2013

Article: Flynn M, Mercer D (2013) Is compassion possible in a market-led NHS? Nursing Times; Online early publication

How should care home staff clean the environment following a C difficile infection?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 12 Feb 2013

Article: Smith S et al (2013) Supporting care homes to cut C difficile infections. Nursing Times; 109: 5, 14-15.5 KEY POINTSC difficile is increasingly a community-acquired infectionSome patients experience recurrent ...

What effect does incontinence have on patients and their families?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 Jan 2013

Article: McClurg D et al (2013) Improving continence education for nurses. Nursing Times; 109: 4, 16-18.5 key pointsNational audits of continence care have repeatedly highlighted inadequate professional educationNurses receive ...

What is the role of an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP)?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 21 Jan 2013

Article: Williamson S et al (2012) The role and benefits of ward-based advanced nurse practitioners. Nursing Times; 109: online issue.5 key pointsThere is little research on what advanced nurse practitioners actually do in acute medical ...

What are the key priorities for end of life care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdThu, 10 Jan 2013

Article: Percival J et al (2013) End-of-life care in nursing and care homes. Nursing Times; 109: 1/2, 20-22.5 key pointsThe majority of people living in a nursing or care home will die thereBetter end-of-life ...

What are the safe drinking recommendations for men and women?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Dec 2012

Article: Bridgeman K et al (2012) Brief intervention for alcohol misuse. Nursing Times; 108; online issue.Key pointsAlcohol-related conditions cost the NHS over £2.7bn annuallyIn one study, one in four patients receiving brief intervention reduced their ...

Why is transition from paediatric to adult services difficult for young adults with long terms conditions?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Dec 2012

Article: Bell H, Hope W (2012) Supporting young people to move to adult services. Nursing Times; 108: 50, 12-14.5 key pointsWith better life expectancy, more patients are transferring from paediatric ...

What are the benefits of ward-level leadership rounding?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 4 Dec 2012

 Article: Hutchings M (2012) Caring around the Clock: rounding in practice. Nursing Times; 108: 49, 12-14.

How can nurses reduce pre-operative anxiety?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Nov 2012

Article: Mitchell M (2012) Anxiety management in minimal stay surgery. Nursing Times; 108: 48, 14-16.5 key pointsPre-operative anxiety before general anaesthesia is commonA planned programme of information provision ...

What role should nurses have in mobilising and positioning patients after a stroke?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 19 Nov 2012

Article: Keating M et al (2012) Positioning and early mobilisation in stroke. Nursing Times; 108: 47, 16-18.