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Implementing technology to support the deteriorating patient in acute care: evaluating staff views

To explore nursing staff and healthcare support worker views regarding the upcoming implementation of an electronic documentation and reporting system for an EWS in a tertiary referral inner city...

The global elements of vital signs' assessment: a guide for clinical practice

Changes in respiratory function are increasingly recognised as the most sensitive indicator of clinical deterioration (Cahill et al, 2011). Respiratory rate is an early and extremely good indicator of...

General practice nurses' experiences of participation in an advanced nursing practice education programme

‘Enhanced and expanded healthcare services and interventions provided by nurses who, in an advanced capacity, influence clinical healthcare outcomes and provide direct healthcare services to...

Addressing the current challenges of adopting evidence-based practice in nursing

Despite the range of terminologies used with regards to EBP, which includes discipline-specific evidence-based nursing and evidence-based medicine (Barker and Linsley, 2016), the aim and key elements...

Providing post-lung transplant care during the time of COVID-19

The Mater hospital had been preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic since December 2019 because it houses the national isolation unit for infectious diseases. This facility is designed to admit, isolate...

Empathy and patient advocacy: a medical student's perspective

‘Part of effectively advocating for patients requires demonstrating empathy for them, which, in turn, helps them trust that they are being listened to’ .

Why air pollution is an important issue for all nurses

To support all health and care professionals to enhance their knowledge and, more importantly, to take greater action on key public health issues, PHE has published free online e-learning resources as...

Your free revalidation toolkit

A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

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Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID

In many respects the pathological morbidities associated with long COVID resemble those of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some of the most common...

Compensating for clinical negligence: the need to go back to basics

With clinical negligence litigation today, there is a much more cooperative, ‘cards on the table’ approach than formerly. As NHS Resolution annual reports show us each year, most clinical negligence...

Team working part 4: managing a team

Take a few moments to reflect on managers you have worked for and identify their individual management skills and abilities. Think about your own skills as a manager; what is it that you expect of...

Meeting patients' mental health needs

‘Although mental health first aid has its place, this does not equip registrants who are caring for patients for extended periods’ .

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Convexity in stoma care: developing a new ASCN UK guideline on the appropriate use of convex products

The correct choice of pouch is essential and should be based on the type of stoma (colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy) created. A stoma appliance, also known as a bag or pouch, is generally made up of a...

Focusing on achievements

“The flexibility of specialist nurses, who adapted to the ongoing situation … deserves high praise and recognition” .

Actinomycosis: a case report of two patients treated for the condition who required stoma formation

The bacteria are found in multiple locations within and on the body. They have been found inhabiting the nose, mouth, throat, oropharynx, oesophagus, stomach and intestine. Other places they can...

Novel stoma appliances to minimise complications and improve patient outcomes

A stoma is a surgical opening on the abdomen used to divert the passage of faeces (colostomy or ileostomy) or urine (ileal conduit) into an external adhesive pouch on the abdomen (Hill, 2020). The...

Stoma care services during the COVID-19 pandemic

The effect of COVID-19 on healthcare provision has been unprecedented. Elective surgery was cancelled in many hospitals due to lack of staff and beds (Fowler et al, 2020). Earlier this year even...

Pelvic organ prolapse and pessaries, an alternative to surgery

This is sometimes called a prolapsed womb or prolapsed vagina. It is when the vaginal walls, vaginal vault, uterus or any combination of these prolapse and move down the vagina. It can also affect the...

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Improving the pathway for men with suspected prostate cancer

Urology consultants, cancer managers and I met with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to identify ways in which we could work towards achieving the best practice pathway. Referrals were being...

A brief overview of fetal alcohol syndrome for health professionals

Alcohol is a teratogen that has a toxic effect on the developing fetus (BMA, 2007a). FASD is seen as a non-diagnostic umbrella term (Riley et al, 2011; Nash and Davies, 2017; Blagg and Tulich, 2018)...

Exploring the benefits of structured medication reviews for frail older patients in advanced clinical practice

Frailty is a complex, multidimensional, dynamic process that is still not fully understood or clearly defined (Clegg et al, 2013). Many depict frailty as a health status related to the ageing process...

Student experiences of a return to practice programme: a qualitative study

The numbers of nurses and midwives leaving the profession have been rising at an alarming rate; more than 29 000 nurses or midwives registered in the UK left the register between October 2016 and...

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