A new manual of practical skills which can be used in the care of children has been produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital to act as a reference point for nurses across the country.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children’s Nursing Practices was launched last week.
All areas of children’s nursing are covered in the publication, from everyday practice to advanced techniques which would be utilised in intensive care or high dependency. The evidence-based manual has drawn on the years of experience developed at the London hospital.
Liz Morgan, chief nurse and director of education at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “As our hospital is a centre of expertise and excellence, it is important that we play our part in influencing and promoting high standards of clinical care by providing support and developing resources for other nurses caring for children and young people, both in the UK and abroad.
“All nurses should have a high-quality, up-to-date and evidence-based reference readily available, and this manual seeks to ensure nurses working in child health have a useful resource at their fingertips to help them provide the very best nursing care to their patients.”
Fiona Smith, adviser in children and young people’s nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Every children’s nurse, whether they are a specialist or just starting out, benefits from the experiences of others and the evidence which supports professional practice.
“This manual is a great asset to nurses who care for children in any setting and it is designed to be as user-friendly as possible for nurses with all levels of expertise.
“Based on rigorous evidence and extensive nursing experience, I would recommend this as an excellent guide for all practitioners working to ensure children and families have the best possible experience wherever they are receiving care.”