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Virtual learning placement - Respiratory

Welcome to this virtual placement on respiratory, in association with the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and British Lung Foundation

This virtual learning placement was built in response to comments from student nurses about a lack of respiratory placements during their course. The content will be updated regularly and we're keen to hear what you think and what you'd like to see - use the form at the end to send us your feedback.

We've pulled together blogs and advice from respiratory nurse specialists, found out more about possible career pathways for those with an interest in respiratory, and our experts have answered your questions and concerns.

Please feel free to explore using the links below, and don't miss the 'Resources' and 'Video series' tabs on the right.


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Asthma video series

In these six short videos, Deirdre Siddaway, ARNS committee member, talks us through how to provide a structured asthma review
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Respiratory rate 3: how to take an accurate measurement

What is the procedure for accurately measuring patients’ respiratory rate? What are its limitations? This is the third article in our six-part series on the respiratory rate

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Respiratory rate 2: anatomy and physiology of breathing

Respiratory rate is a vital sign but is often not recorded. This article, the second in a six-part series, explains the anatomy and physiology of breathing and how it is affected by ill health

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A primary care screening model to identify latent tuberculosis infectionSubscription

A programme offering recent migrants screening for tuberculosis in primary care has helped identify people with latent infection, who can thus access treatment and avoid developing active disease

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Respiratory rate 1: why measurement and recording are crucial

The respiratory rate is an essential observation but is often not recorded. This article, the first in a six-part series looking at the importance of this vital sign, explains why nurses need to measure and record it

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Birth of a research consortium for respiratory nursesSubscription

The recently created Respiratory Nurse Research Consortium strives to empower nurses to become active in research. This article explores its vision, mission, aims and objectives

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