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The nervous system and associated disorders

The nervous system is a complex network of specialised cells called neurons, which transmit electrical and chemical signals throughout the body to communicate with and control other cells. It is...

Women's experiences of assessment for urinary incontinence: a qualitative study

Upon analysis, three themes were identified that described the women's...

Assessment of diabetic foot ulcers: back to basics

The risk of developing a DFU is influenced by both individual patient characteristics and specific foot-related factors (Table 2). A foot categorised as ‘at risk’ necessitates increased levels of...

Wound care in hard-to-reach populations: rough sleepers

‘People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or...

Current practices using cellular, acelluar and matrix-like products (CAMPs)

The term skin substitutes can be misleading in that these products do not fully replace the integumentum when applied, but most do replicate some properties of normal skin and are thus an important...

‘Selling their souls?’ Nurses' understanding of addiction and recovery in acute hospital settings

The findings presented are the participants' understanding of the concepts of addiction and recovery in relation to substance use. Of the 11 participants interviewed in this study, 9 were female and 2...

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Challenges ahead

Happy New Year! This is an election year: I wonder what it will bring? The world of tissue viability faces many challenges and questions. Finances will remain a big challenge, whatever the outcome of...

Elective cardioversion at a district general hospital: a retrospective evaluation of outcomes

The aim of this evaluation was to review patient demographics and retrospectively evaluate the success of cardioversion at specified time frames. It included a subset analysis on cardioversion...

Loneliness and the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for practice

Loneliness is difficult to accurately define. Several theories and definitions have been put forward in an attempt to explain loneliness (Table 1). Early theorists described loneliness as a universal...

The enormity of the NHS patient safety culture development challenge

Improvement recommendations are made after a patient safety crisis, often repeated ones, but the system does not change much or at all. Errors are repeated, lessons go unlearnt. This might seem a...

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Recruitment challenges in social care

‘… high levels of professional autonomy and responsibility. This supports confident and innovative practice together with strong clinical decision-making. The multi-faceted nature of their role means...

In-hospital end-of-life care: an appreciative analysis of bereaved family feedback

In July 2020, a hospital-based specialist nurse for bereavement (JJ) commenced a log of informal feedback, voluntarily provided by a relative of a deceased person during a routine telephone...

A multidisciplinary approach to managing lymphorroea in primary lymphoedema: a case study

The patient presented at the lymphoedema outpatient clinic. On initial examination, moderately severe lymphoedema was noted – Stage II according to the International Society of Lymphology consensus...

Considering the impact of shift working on health

Shift work is necessary for the provision of health services, especially in hospitals as it is the only way to provide continuous service and care to patients (Turchi et al, 2019). Working at night is...

Digital age nursing: the reality

At a time that has been defined by rapid technological advancements, nursing finds itself at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The integration of digital technologies into health care brings...

Exploring The Cognition Room

Gaining understanding of a person holistically, in relation to socio-positioning, life experiences, the impact of stressors on the multi-functional nervous system, as well as how they view themselves...

From policy to practice: creating a smokefree generation

In 2019, the Government published Advancing Our Health: Prevention in the 2020s announcing the ambition for England to become ‘smokefree’ by 2030 (achieved when 5% or less of the population smoke).

At a glance: a guide to venepuncture in adults

The aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT) is a method employed to minimise the likelihood of patients contracting infections during clinical procedures. As set out by the Association for Safe Aseptic...

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Improving infection control and combating antimicrobial resistance in nursing practice

Actively preventing infections is a crucial strategy in reducing the necessity for antibiotic prescriptions and thus combating the escalating crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR arises when...

Handwashing and hospital wastewater systems

Despite reports implicating micro-organisms in carrying drug resistance genes from colonised sink traps to vulnerable hospitalised patients, the mechanism of transmission from the wastewater of the...

Defining digital nursing

A mixed-methods approach was taken. To design and conduct the research, TEC Cymru collaborated with a consultant nurse in child health and the national nurse lead for primary and community care...

The experiences of internationally educated nurses who joined the nursing workforce in England

In the period 1990/1991 to 2021/2022, the percentage of new IEN Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants rose from 10% to 53% of the total annual number. In 2022-2023, more than 40% of new NMC...

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