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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?

What are the range of skills that I need for drug calculations?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 20 Dec 2011

Article: Numeracy skills of student nursesThis article will tell you aboutHow a group of second year students and recently qualified nurses performed when doing drug calculationsWhich type of calculation nurses found more difficultWhat ...

Why is patient feedback important?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 13 Dec 2011

Article: Giving young patients a sayThis article tells you about:The importance of patient feedbackWhat ‘patient experience’ isHow children can have a say in their careYou would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:Patient experiencePatient ...

Using failure to rescue to compare care

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 5 Dec 2011

Article: Can failure to rescue be a key indicator of patient safety?This article tells you about:What ‘failure to rescue’ isWhat are the potential points of failureHow failure to rescue rates are compared between hospitals

What is the nurse’s role in the management of eczema?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 29 Nov 2011

Article: Managing eczemaThis article tells you about:What eczema is and what it looks likeHow to manage this common skin conditionHow it affects patients psychologicallyYou would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:dermatologyeczemapractice nursing

What assessment tools would be useful in managing faecal incontinence?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 22 Nov 2011

Article: Faecal incontinence in critical illnessThis article tells you about:How to assess patients with faecal incontinenceHow to manage the skin in this situationHow to help patients cope psychologicallyYou would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:faecal incontinence

How to care for patients with stomas

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 14 Nov 2011

Article: Essential care for patients with stomaThis article tells you about:The main types of stomaCommon reasons that patients need stomasHow to care for patients with stomasYou would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:Stoma careColostomy, urostomy ...

Should you talk to the hospital about introducing restorative napping?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 7 Nov 2011

Article: Benefits of napping on night shiftsThis article tells you about:How to reduce tiredness on nightsBenefits of napping at night when working shiftsRecent research into advantages of restorative nappingYou ...

What relevance does NICE guidance have to nurses?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 1 Nov 2011

Article: Managing COPDThis article tells you about:New guidance on managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)The role of NICE guidelinesThe key priorities in managing this conditionYou would be likely to reference this article if ...

How do I perform a spirometry test?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthWed, 26 Oct 2011

Article: Understanding spirometryAuthor: Linda Pearce is respiratory nurse consultant and clinical lead, Suffolk COPD Services, West Suffolk HospitalThis article tells you about:What spirometry is and why it is usedHow to decide whether ...

How do I prepare medications for administering via an enteral feeding tube?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 18 Oct 2011

Article: Administration of medicines via an enteral feeding tubeAuthor: Neil Wilson is senior lecturer, adult nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, and secretary for the National Nurses nutrition ...

Should I assume that all patients with diabetes understand hypoglycaemia?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 11 Oct 2011

Article: How to manage hypoglycaemiaAuthor: Jill Hill is a diabetes nurse consultant, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.This article tells you about:HypoglycaemiaIts signs and symptomsWhat causes it to occurHow to manage it

How can I ensure that I am not biased towards gypsy travellers?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 4 Oct 2011

Article: Francis G (2011) Attitudes towards Gypsy Travellers. Nursing Times; 107: 39, early online publication.Author: Gill Francis is health inclusion worker for Travellers and Gypsies at Homerton University Hosptial, NHS Foundation Trust, London.This article tells you about:This ethnic groupHealth problems of ...