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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: September 2012

Why do mentors pass failing students?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Sep 2012

Article: Veeramah V (2012) What are the barriers to good mentoring? Nursing Times; 108: 39, 12-15.Key pointsLack of time and the demands of patient care are two key barriers to successful mentoringInadequate preparation and support can result in mentors passing students they should failMentors need more help and educational guidance in completing education institutions’ assessment documentationMentors ...

When it is appropriate to use sedation in palliative care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Sep 2012

Article: Beland P (2012) Ethical issues around continuous deep sedation without hydration. Nursing Times; 108: 38, 24-27.Key pointsPatients dying of cancer may require continuous deep sedation to alleviate symptoms at the end of lifeSuch patients, being unable to drink, could be artificially hydrated to lengthen survival and limit thirstThe issue of artificial hydration for such patients ...

How can student nurses with dyscalculia be supported?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Sep 2012

Article: Kirk K, Payne B (2012) Dyscalculia: awareness and student support. Nursing Times; 108: 37, 16-18.Key pointsDyscalculia is a difficulty with the concept of numbersThe condition has significant implications for pre-registration nurse educationStudents with dyscalculia need to be identified and have their learning needs assessedThrough reasonable adjustments, a person with ...

How can nurses aid focus on daily experiences in dementia care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Sep 2012

Article: Durgahee T, Durgahee A (2012) Dementia care: focusing on daily experiences. Nursing Times; 108: 36, 12-14.Key pointsThe number of people living with dementia is steadily risingDementia care should be guided by a model such as Kitwood Plus, making personhood, relationships and daily experiences key prioritiesThis model redefines dementia care as “no yesterday, no tomorrow, but today” ...