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Simple steps to prevent hospital-acquired pneumonia in non-intubated patients: a quality improvement project

It is widely acknowledged that quality improvement projects (QIPs) advance health care and are integral to reaching the targeted outcomes that provide best possible care for patients (Charles et al,...

Should the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine be mandatory for nurses? An ethical debate

COVID-19 is now at the forefront of everyday life in the UK, and practices such as social distancing, support bubbles, shielding and wearing face masks have become the norm. The pandemic has severely...

Pilot study of a nurse-led adult lacrimal clinic at a tertiary ophthalmic centre

It is important to diagnose and treat patients with watery eyes, as this symptom has been shown to decrease patients' quality of life through impairment of their ability to perform activities of daily...

Transgender patients' experiences of health care

This literature review aimed to consider and consolidate the current literature exploring the health care experiences of transgender individuals..

Are we measuring nursing workflow correctly? A literature review

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2016) reported that, in 2014–2015, there were approximately 10.2 million episodes of care in Australia's public and private hospitals. Between...

The association between hope and quality of life in haemodialysis patients

‘Hope constitutes an essential experience of the human condition. It functions as a way of feeling, a way of thinking, a way of behaving, and a way of relating to oneself and one's world. Hope has...

Demystifying, recognising and combating racism during the pandemic

There is a reluctance to explore racism, or the conflicts, perceptions and experiences contributing to and reinforcing tensions in healthcare (Cortis and Law, 2005; Markey et al., 2012). Consequently,...

Supporting recovery from COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new disease, so very little is known about its long-term effects. It might be expected that these effects would be more severe in the 5% of COVID-19 patients who become so severely ill...

Cortrak feeding tube placement: accuracy of the ‘GI flexure system’ versus manufacturer guidance

The authors prospectively compared the accuracy of the ‘GI flexure system’ for interpreting the EM trace against the recommendations in the manufacturer's guidance. The cohort consisted of consecutive...

Considering the switch to a latex-free glove policy to safeguard staff and patients

NRL is extensively used in the manufacture of medical gloves, but is also used in catheters, elasticised bandages and wound dressings (Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 2020). NRL is a milky fluid...

Setting up a successful nurse-led intravitreal injections service: pearls from Swindon

The number of intravitreal injections required in the UK is set to increase by about 30% over the next 10 years, corresponding to an increase in the number of patients being diagnosed with wet AMD due...

Mandatory vaccination for seasonal influenza: what are nurses' views?

This qualitative study formed phase two of a sequential explanatory mixed-methods study reported elsewhere (Flanagan et al, 2020). A self-selected sample of qualified nurses participated in five...

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