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Nursing standard [journal]
- News digest April 16 2014. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):0.
A round-up of nursing and health stories from today's papers:
- Student life - Bridging the theoretical gap. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):66.
The development of creative and analytical skills is an essential aspect of nurse education, as evidence-based practice is the essential underpinning of clinical nursing.
- I needed a new challenge. This is perfect. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):65.
I had been working at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London for 21 years and needed a new challenge. No sooner had I started looking than this post at The Portland Hospital came up.
- Notice Board. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):64-65.
Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career.
- What makes you so specialist? [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):64-65.
For nurses keen to specialise in a particular area of care, it can be tough convincing employers to consider them if their application is built more on enthusiasm than experience.
- Setting the standard. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):63.
The Francis report has renewed the focus on skills and training in health care. Ensuring that nurses have the correct education and learning is vital for a competent workforce, now and in the future.
- Psychosis. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):61.
Having worked in community mental health teams, the CPD article reinforced my knowledge of the mental and physical health needs of patients with psychosis. It reminded me of a time I had attempted to use cognitive behavioural therapy with a patient who was hearing voices.
- Varicella zoster virus: chickenpox and shingles. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):52-58.
The varicella zoster virus causes two infections: varicella, also known as chickenpox occurring mostly in childhood, and herpes zoster, also known as shingles affecting mainly older people. Varicella usually occurs in children under ten years of age. It is generally a mild infection and in the UK vaccination is not offered as part of the routine immunisation programme. However, adults who develop varicella are at risk of developing complications and the infection is likely to be more severe. Serious complications are a particular risk for pregnant women, unborn children, neonates and those who are immunocompromised. Nurses whose work brings them into contact with those at risk have a vital role in providing information about the importance of avoiding varicella. After the acute infection, the varicella zoster virus gains access to the ganglia in the sensory nervous system where it can remain dormant for years. Reactivation results in herpes zoster, a common and unpleasant illness. A vaccine for herpes zoster was introduced for people aged 70-79 in the UK in September 2013.
- Nervous system: part 3. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):46-50.
This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the last of three articles on the nervous system, explores the major divisions of the peripheral nervous system. Motor and sensory nerves will be described before a more detailed examination of the cranial and spinal nerves is provided. The autonomic nervous system will be explored, including the diverse roles of the parasympathetic and sympathetic divisions. The role of spinal reflexes in maintaining homeostasis is identified. Motor neurone disease will be discussed briefly as an example of a disorder of the peripheral nervous system.
- Managing Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalised patients. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Apr 16; 28(33):37-43.
Checklists are not a new phenomenon and have been used in the aviation industry for some time as a means of ensuring safety and minimising harm. Checklists are now used commonly in health care to improve patient safety. This article describes the development and integration of a daily review checklist process to support the care and management of patients with Clostridium difficile infection in one NHS trust hospital. The aim of the checklist is to assist staff in early recognition of disease severity, identification of potential complications and prevention of cross-transmission of C.difficile.