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Assessment

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

Upon analysis, three themes were identified that described the women's experience of the UI assessment: a lot of shame and worry related to UI and the assessment; the importance of experiencing a safe...

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...

Evaluating the NMC proficiencies framework: perspectives of students and educators 5 years on

In order to gather and collate the views of both educators and students with experience of education journeys under the 2018 standards, a pair of closely linked service evaluations were disseminated....

Competency versus proficiency: trying to develop an understanding of these terms in the context of practice learning

The professional governing body for nursing in the UK, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), has long produced educational standards to support the preparation of those wishing to become registered...

UK Vessel Health and Preservation Framework 2020: a users’ survey

A 14-question survey was created and managed on Qualtrics and distributed through anonymous links, which meant that respondents could not be identified. Members of the IPS and NIVAS were invited to...

Clinical learning for pre-registration nursing students: a viva voce approach during COVID-19

Before COVID-19, clinical skills within higher education institutions were commonly assessed using a mixture of high- and low-fidelity simulation and assessment, involving both nursing-specific and...

The pathophysiology, assessment, and management of acute pain

The IASP divides pain into three categories (Box 1). Nociceptive pain is associated with damage to non-neural tissue and involves the stimulation of nociceptors (pain receptors attached to sensory...

Renal and ureteric stones: a clinical review

Stones form in the presence of increased urinary supersaturation, which occurs when the urine solvent contains more solutes than it can hold in solution (Khan et al, 2016). Supersaturation results in...

Skin assessment in adults

Early recognition of people who are at risk of developing skin breakdown is an essential part of prevention. Assessment of the skin should be part of a holistic approach and carried out regularly in...

Observed structured clinical examination as a means of assessing clinical skills competencies of ANPs

OSCEs were primarily introduced in medical education as a means of assessing the skills and ability of surgical students, rather than a test of factual knowledge (Cuschieri et al, 1979). The use of...

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...

The influence of anaemia on pressure ulcer healing in elderly patients

Anaemia is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)(2011) as a blood disorder in which haemoglobin levels are below 120 g/litre in females and 130 g/litre in males. This is a condition...

Wound assessment and dressing selection: an overview

Characteristics of the different phases of wound healing are visible in open wounds and those healing by secondary intention, but are less so in closed wounds. Inflammation begins with initial first...

Decreased level of consciousness in a child: recognition and management

Consciousness can refer to either the state of wakefulness, awareness, or alertness in which most humans function while not asleep. Decreased consciousness is considered to be present when there is a...

The role of the registered nurse in supporting frailty in care homes

‘Any interaction between an older person and a health or social care professional should include an assessment which helps to identify if the individual has frailty.’.

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