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Perfecting your practice

Looking in detail at a new practice article each week - as a student, what can you learn from it?

How can we help with identifying and treating substance misuse?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 30 Jul 2012

 Article: Rassool GH (2012) Substance misuse in older people 2: identifying and treating substance misuse. Nursing Times; 108: Online issue.Author: G Hussein Rassool is independent consultant and visiting professor of addiction and mental health, Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and director, Inter Cultural Therapy Centre, Mauritius. 

How can we help those affected by stigma overcome it?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 10 Jul 2012

 Article: Parle S (2012) How does stigma affect people with mental illness? Nursing Times; 108: 12/14, 28Author: Siobhan Parle is community psychiatric nurse, Berkshire Health Foundation ...

How can I diagnose and treat cellulitis?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 2 Jul 2012

Article: Diagnosing and managing lower limb cellulitis. Nursing Times.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTThe causes of cellulitisHow the condition is diagnosed and treatedOther skin conditions that increase the risk of recurrent cellulitis

How can I minimise the opportunity for errors when administering to dysphagia patients?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 29 May 2012

Article: Medication errors in patients with dysphagiaAuthor: Jennifer Kelly is lead tissue viability nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust; David Wright is professor of pharmacy practice, and John Wood is lecturer, both at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTA study on administration errors involving patients with dysphagiaSituations ...

How can I communicate risk to travellers in a non-threatening manner?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 15 May 2012

 Article:  Simons H et al (2012) Travel risk assessment and risk management. Nursing Times; 108: 20, 14-16.Author:  Authors Hilary Simons is senior specialist nurse (travel health); Claire S Wong is specialist nurse (travel health); both at National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Alexandra Stillwell is specialist nurse (travel health), National Travel Health Network and ...

Why are cases of allergic rhinitis increasing in the UK?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 23 Apr 2012

Article: Managing allergic rhinitisAuthor: Linda Pearce is respiratory nurse consultant and clinical lead Suffolk COPD ...

What are some common signs of impulsive or compulsive behaviour?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyFri, 20 Apr 2012

Article:  Cotton P, Heisters D (2012) How to care for people with Parkinson’s disease. Nursing Times; 108: 16, 12-13.Author: Patsy Cotton is advanced nurse practitioner in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder, Salford Royal Foundation Trust; Daiga Heisters is head of professional ...

An overview of chronic heart failure management

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 5 Apr 2012

Article: Butler J (2012) An overview of chronic heart failure. Nursing Times; 108: 14, 16-20Author: Jane Butler is consultant nurse, Bart’s and The London Trust.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT:The definition and symptoms of chronic heart failure (CHF)How the heart functions normally and how the body responds ...

Do you know enough about managing pain in compression bandaging?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 29 Mar 2012

Article: Anderson I (2012) Multidimensional leg ulcer assessment Nursing Times; 108: 13, 17-20.Author: Irene Anderson is principal lecturer, tissue viability, and reader in learning and teaching in healthcare ...

How can I reduce patients' risk of falls?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 22 Mar 2012

Article: Heaton C (2012) Creating a protocol to reduce falls. Nursing Times; 108, 12: 16-18.Author: Christina Heaton is extended scope practitioner, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Wigan.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT:The current statistics about falls in UK hospitalsMajor risk factors of falling.How ...

If I am asked to use TENS, how can I decrease the chance of side effects?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 13 Mar 2012

Article: Wright A (2012) Exploring the evidence for using TENS to relieve pain. Nursing Times; 108: 11, 20-23.Author: Alisa Wright is clinical nurse specialist, Pain Management Services, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, Birmingham.THIS ...

How can I show patients how to properly inject insulin?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 8 Mar 2012

Article: Down S, Kirkland F (2012) Injection technique in insulin therapy.Nursing Times; 108: 10, 18-21.Author: Su Down is a nurse consultant - diabetes, Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust; Fiona Kirkland ...

Would decriminalising drugs improve care?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 29 Feb 2012

Article: Riddell S (2012) Would decriminalising drugs improve care? Nursing Times; 108: 9, 16-18. Author: Stephen Riddell is a community staff nurse, Dumfries and Galloway Health Board.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT:The current debate on decriminalisation of illegal drugsThe ...

How should pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches be combined?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 23 Feb 2012

Article:  Swift A (2012) Osteoarthritis 2: pain management and treatment strategies. Nursing Times; 108: 8, 25-27.Author: Amelia Swift is a lecturer in nursing at the University of BirminghamThis is the second article in a three-part series on arthritis.  The third part will be published online ...

How should I address risk factors when discussing osteoarthritis prevention with patients?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 16 Feb 2012

Article: Swift A (2012) Osteoarthritis 1: physiology, risk factors and causes of pain. Nursing Times; 108: 7, 12-15.Author: Amelia Swift is a lecturer in nursing at the University of Birmingham. Part One in a series of three on osteoarthritisThis ...

Helping survivors to adjust after cancer

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 9 Feb 2012

Article: Harmer V (2012) Helping survivors to adjust after cancer. Nursing Times; 108: 6, 12-16.Author: Victoria Harmer is team leader clinical nurse specialist, Breast Care Unit, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London and a trustee for Against Breast Cancer.

What are the causes of moisture lesions and the strategies for treatment?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyThu, 2 Feb 2012

Article: Bianchi J (2012) Causes and strategies for moisture lesions. Nursing Times; 108: 5, 20-22.Author: Janice Bianchi is medical education specialist and honorary lecturer, School of Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science, University of Glasgow.This ...

What tools can be used to prevent pressure ulcers?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 25 Jan 2012

Article: Pressure ulcer risk assessmentWe also have a NEW pressure ulcer prevention e learning unit.This article will tell you about:How to identify which patients are most at risk of developing pressure ulcersWhat factors affect the likelihood ...

How can I be properly prepared for qualifying as a nurse?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 18 Jan 2012

Article: Are newly qualified nurses prepared for practice? This article will tell you aboutHow student nurses experience the transition from student to qualified nurseHow having more responsibility and being accountable impacted on themThe debate ...

Intentional rounding

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 9 Jan 2012

Article: Intentional rounding: its role in supporting essential careThis article will tell you aboutWhat intentional rounding is and how the concept was developedBenefits of intentional rounding and how it impacts on quality of careHow ...