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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 from: May 2012

How can nurse prescribers ensure effective medicine taking behaviour from patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 May 2012

Article: Sibley A (2012) How effective are nurses’ medicine discussions? Nursing Times; 108: 22/23, 20-22.Key pointsGuidance on effective medicine discussion indicates that patients’ medicine beliefs are a strong predictor of medicine-taking behaviourDespite favourable comparison with research on doctor-patient medication discussion, nurse prescribers’ practice may not fully optimise patient medicine ...

How can the safe administration of drugs to patients with dysphagia be managed?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 22 May 2012

Article: Serrano Santos JM et al (2012) Drug administration guides in dysphagia. Nursing Times; 108: 21, 15-17.Key pointsNurses may benefit from specific training in the administration of medication to patients with dysphagiaAn individualised medication administration guide (I-MAG) can help nurses to administer medication to this group and increase safetyNurses often feel more confident ...

What effect can being a patient have on student development?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 15 May 2012

Article: Carter G, Taylor R (2012) Effects of being a patient on student development. Nursing Times; 108: 20, 21-23.Key pointsPolicy is aiming to put service users at the heart of the healthcare experienceNurses are ideally placed to take compassionate, person-centred care forwardEngaging service users in nursing education is crucial to developing nurses who are well prepared for practiceStorytelling ...

Who should be involved in setting minimum staffing levels?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 8 May 2012

Article: Is it time to set minimum nurse staffing levels in English hospitals?Key pointsDefining minimum nurse staffing levels could help to stabilise the nursing workforce, ensure safe levels ...