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Barry Hill

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Northumbria University

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RCN's new definition of nursing reflects changes in health care

Both definitions aim to describe the role and scope of nursing, but highlight different aspects of the profession.

NHS workforce strategy: navigating challenges and charting the future

The dedication of the NHS workforce was especially evident during the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, from 2008 to 2018, challenges such as insufficient funding, suboptimal planning, and fragmented...

Nursing applications in decline

A disconcerting trend within the UK's healthcare sector has recently emerged, marked by a noticeable decrease in applications to study nursing for the academic year 2023-2024. This data, recently...

Professional identity in nursing

Registered nurses are the largest group of health professionals globally, playing an essential role in the delivery of quality healthcare. Nursing has evolved over time, with the responsibilities of...

The vascular system and associated disorders

Blood vessels are often described as channels that carry blood throughout the body, forming a closed circuit that begins and ends at the heart. Blood travels through the blood vessels following a...

Psoriasis: overview, treatments and implications for nursing care

Psoriasis is a complex disease with numerous risk factors and a multifactorial inheritance pattern. Approximately one-third of affected patients have a first-degree relative with the disorder,...

From three into one

‘The merger provides an opportunity to address the challenges resulting from the pandemic and to ensure that healthcare providers are well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of patients and the...

The 2022 multinational monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries

In the UK on 7 May 2022, one case was reported, linked to travel from Nigeria. On 14 May 2022, a familial cluster of two cases of monkeypox was reported in the UK (UKHSA, 2022a). These cases had no...

Exploring the complexity of student nurse relationships with adolescent patients when placing nasogastric tubes

The practice of NG tube insertion originates from ancient Greece and Egypt, where tubing inserted rectally infused nutrient solutions for the treatment of bowel conditions (Chernoff, 2006; National...

Transanal irrigation at a glance

The bowel is part of the digestive system. It is made up of the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum). The small bowel is longer than the large bowel, but it gets its...

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Patient Blood Management Team, the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) UK Haemovigilance Scheme and the National Blood Transfusion Committee, I have...

Blood transfusions in adults: ensuring patient safety

The UK national haemovigilance surveillance programme, SHOT, repeatedly identifies that patient are harmed, and some die, as a result of being given the incorrect type of blood..

Tympanic thermometers support fast and accurate temperature monitoring in acute and alternative care

Thermoregulation is a process that allows the body to maintain its core internal temperature. Thermoregulation has three mechanisms: afferent sensing, central control and efferent responses. The body...

Central venous pressure monitoring in critical care settings

The Frank-Starling law states that the force or tension developed in a muscle fibre depends on the extent to which it is stretched..

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