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Assessing the patient's needs and planning effective care

Planning care is essential in the delivery of appropriate nursing care. Following assessment of a patient's needs, the next stage is to ‘plan care’ to address the actual and potential problems that...

Critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning of the heart and cardiovascular system

Chest pain is a common complaint, comprising up to 25% of emergency department attendances (Byrne, 2014). Not all of these will have a cardiac complaint; however, it is crucial to recognise important...

Implementing a surgical first assistant role into that of a clinical nurse specialist at an orthopaedic specialist hospital

The Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC) (2018) defines an SFA as ‘registered practitioner providing continuous, competent and dedicated surgical assistance under direct supervision of the operating...

Taking advanced clinical practice to the streets: an evaluation of the benefits and challenges in homeless health care

The definition of homelessness includes people sleeping rough, sofa-surfing or living in squats, emergency shelters or hostels (Homeless Link, 2014). Socially excluded people are 10 times more likely...

Promoting community engagement in a pre-registration nursing programme: a qualitative study of student experiences

A literature review used the search terms ‘Nurse students’ ‘Volunteering’ ‘Student volunteering’ and ‘Student nurse volunteering’ in the search engines PubMed, CINAHL and The King's Fund between June...

Using simulation exercises to improve student skills and patient safety

‘A technique to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully safe, instructive and...

Using the transtheoretical model of behaviour change to analyse the impact of stopping exercise: a reflection

Becoming a student nurse meant giving up a full-time job and moving from a rural location with plentiful exercise spaces to an urban setting with limited green space. My new location meant I was away...

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Implementing a hospital-at-home service to improve patient outcomes

‘If a patient does not need acute care, being in an acute hospital can be harmful. Acute hospitals expose patients to potential avoidable harm.’ .

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Managing anaphylaxis in adults

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Impact of nurses' emotional intelligence on the implementation of a professional practice model in cancer care

The study provides empirical support for the importance of the level of emotional intelligence and its role in nursing. The results on the emotional intelligence level were higher than the results of...

The reliability and validity of the OSCE as an assessment of capability within advanced practitioner curricula

The Advanced Practice Team at the University of Dundee has held iterative discussions with educators (both in the UK and other countries in Europe) who deliver AP curricula. These discussions have...

Applying utilitarianism to the presumed consent system for organ donation to consider the moral pros and cons

Utilitarianism is, in essence, a consequentialist theory that rests on the fundamental premise that the morally preferable action is that which produces the most good overall—it is associated with...

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Antimicrobial stewardship: nurses' critical role in preventing antimicrobial resistance

Research shows that many people are unfamiliar with the purpose of antibiotics and how best to take them. For example, more than one third of the population surveyed thought that antibiotics were an...

Peer assessment after clinical exposure (PACE): an evaluation of structured peer support for staff in emergency care

Peer Assessment after Clinical Exposure (PACE) is a non-judgemental, confidential and supportive programme that supports staff in the immediate aftermath of an incident by an ‘event diffusion’...

Balancing the books or balancing the scales: what should drive reforms?

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) (2017), when discussing the increasing costs of clinical negligence claims, states:.

Questioning the validity of an advanced decision to refuse treatment

The Law Commission (1995) defined an advance decision refusing treatment as:.

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