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Nurs Stand [journal]
- News digest October 22 2014. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):0.
A round-up of nursing and health stories from today's papers:
- Student life - First port of call at college. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):74.
Being a personal tutor to nursing students is one of the most rewarding parts of my role as a nurse lecturer in a university. There is nothing more satisfying than attending a graduation ceremony knowing you have been an integral part of the students' journeys as they receive their awards and achieve their dreams.
- Simple ideas work wonders. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):73.
As ward sister first in an emergency department and now running a short-stay unit, Billie Hamnett has introduced innovative schemes to improve patient care at Leicester Royal Infirmary, some of which have been emulated around the UK.
- Towards a shared goal. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):72-3.
I was recently privileged to present at the Commonwealth Nurses Conference entitled Nurses and Midwives: agents of change. Held in London, the meeting was attended by 200 nurses and midwives from 26 countries. The event emphasised how nurses all over the world work in innovative ways to achieve the best outcomes for patients.
- Notice board. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):72-3.
Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career.
- Spreading the word. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):71.
Increasingly, many university nursing and midwifery education departments have developed teaching partnerships with overseas institutions. Staff can be offered opportunities or be required to teach abroad as part of their contract.
- Tissue viability nurses' experiences of managing wound exudate. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):64-70.
Wound exudate presents several challenges for patients and nurses. The description of exudate volume, colour and viscosity varies greatly, often depending on the personal preference of the nurse. When the nature and volume of exudate has been described, management of exudate presents its own issues in terms of ensuring that the appropriate dressing or intervention is selected and used effectively. This article reports on the outcomes of a series of discussion groups held to explore the difficulties tissue viability nurse specialists experience in relation to advising non-specialist nurses about wound exudate in the practice setting.
- Ethical issues and accountability in pressure ulcer prevention. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):56-63.
Pressure ulcers represent a considerable cost, both in terms of healthcare spending and quality of life. They are increasingly viewed in terms of patient harm. For clinicians involved in pressure ulcer prevention, ethical issues surrounding accountability may arise from both policy and practice perspectives. It may be useful for clinicians to refer to ethical theories and principles to create frameworks when addressing ethical dilemmas. However, such theories and principles have been criticised for their simplicity and over-generalisation. Alternative theories, for example, virtue ethics and experiential learning, can provide more comprehensive guidance and promote a pluralistic approach to tackling ethical dilemmas.
- 6Cs of nursing. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):54.
In my area of work - providing education programmes - embedding the 6Cs of nursing (care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment) can be a challenge, especially in clinical simulations.
- Promoting urinary continence in older women. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Oct 22; 29(8):42-51.
Continence promotion involves informing and educating the public and healthcare professionals that urinary incontinence is not an inevitable part of ageing, and can be treated or at least made more manageable. While awareness of urinary continence is improving slowly, the taboo around discussing incontinence remains. Women are at increased risk of developing urinary incontinence as they grow older because of physiological, functional and cognitive changes. Healthcare professionals can identify women with bladder symptoms by routinely asking trigger questions and can promote continence through education about lifestyle choices that aggravate or ameliorate urinary incontinence. This article discusses the main risk factors associated with urinary incontinence in older women and the ways in which healthcare professionals can help to identify those with symptoms of urinary incontinence.