Off The RecordSubscription
Off The Record
Let infection nurses do their real jobsSubscription
DAMNING evidence of the pressure infection control nurses are under comes this week in reports from the Wales Audit Office and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (p5). Some nurses were responsible for almost 500 beds each – the average was 332 – while US research suggests this should be 250 at most. Both reports said specialist staff were doing their own administration.
ESSENCE of Care has been a success with nurses. Launched in 2001, these practical tools emphasised getting the basics right, allowing nurses to take a structured, patient-focused approach to sharing and comparing practice. But their success depended on their ease of use and their focus on nursing practice. It is worrying, then, that the latest benchmark on the ‘care environment’ is so large and so wide-ranging (p9).
Fall in HCAIs is testament to staff effortSubscription
GOOD news came when the Health Protection Agency reported a fall in the healthcare-associated infection rates in all regions of England. The agency described it as a ‘major achievement’ (p9).
Nurses must make their voices heard on proposalsSubscription
LAST week saw the long-awaited announcement of proposals on nursing careers, with the chief nursing officer for England and the NMC launching parallel documents for consultation on pre- and post-registration training respectively.