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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?

All posts by Kathryn Godfrey

Research decoded: what skin products should be avoided on older skin?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 24 Dec 2012

Article: Maintaining skin health in older peopleAuthors:  Fiona Cowdell is senior research fellow and graduate research director at the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull; Kathy Radley is lecturer in skin health and dermatology care at the Faculty of Health and ...

How can we impact on stroke outcomes?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 17 Dec 2012


'What role can you play in awareness raising of antimicrobial resistance?'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 5 Dec 2012

Article: Storr J, Gallagher R (2012) Cutting levels of antimicrobial resistance. Nursing Times; 108: 46, 22-23.Author: Julie Storr is president of the Infection Prevention Society, a consultant for the World Health Organization and a visiting senior lecturer at Canterbury and Christchurch University; ...

How do you safely measure a patient's temperature?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 5 Nov 2012

Article: McCallum L, Higgins D (2012) Measuring body temperature. Nursing Times; 108: 45, 20-22.Authors: Louise McCallum is lecturer, the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr; Dan Higgins is a freelance educator, resuscitation and critical care, and senior charge nurse, critical care, at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust.THIS ...

The use of EMDR for psychological trauma

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 29 Oct 2012

Article: Norgate K (2012) EMDR for post-traumatic stress and other psychological trauma. Nursing Times; 108: 44, 24-26. Author: Kath Norgate is specialist psychiatric nurse, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT Eye ...

How can I identify and manage peripheral arterial disease?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 22 Oct 2012

Article: Smith L (2012) Peripheral arterial disease 1: identifying and managing peripheral arterial disease.Author: Lisa Smith, vascular nurse specialist, Pennine Acute Hospitals TrustTHIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTWhat peripheral arterial disease isRisk factors for this conditionWhat are the signs of this diseaseHow ...

How can I help children who suffer from bedwetting?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 9 Oct 2012

Article: Fleming E (2012) Supporting children with nocturnal enuresis.Nursing Times; 108, 41: 22-25.Author: Eve Fleming is community paediatrician at South Warwickshire NHS FoundationTHIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTEnuresis or bedwetting in childrenHow it is assessed and treatedUseful advice for familiesWho ...

How can nurses raise cancer awareness in ethnic minority groups?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 18 Sep 2012

Article: Lloyd Knight P (2012) Raising cancer awareness in minority ethnic groups. Nursing Times; 108: 38, 17-19.Author: Paula Lloyd Knight is associate director for patient experience and BME Cancer Programme lead at the National Cancer Action Team.THIS ...

What is appropriate glove use in dermatitis prevention?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 10 Sep 2012

Article: Gallagher R, Sunley K (2012) Appropriate glove use in dermatitis prevention. Nursing Times; 108: 37, 12-14.Author: Rose Gallagher is infection control adviser; Kim Sunley is senior employment relations adviser, both at Royal College of Nursing, London.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTRCN guidelines on glove useHow to prevent contact dermatitis from glove useWhen ...

What are the current recommendations for care of VTE patients?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 4 Sep 2012

Article: VTE: its diagnosis and management. Nursing Times.Author: Hayley Flavell is anticoagulant and thrombosis consultant nurse, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUTNew venous thromboembolic ...

How can we confront the challenges and current issues in managing hepatitis C?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 6 Aug 2012

 Article: Maghlaoui A (2012) Challenges and current issues in managing hepatitis C. Nursing Times; 108; 32/33, 18-20.Author: Anita Maghlaoui is hepatology nurse specialist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, London.

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 ...