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Nursing standard [journal]
- News digest July 30 2014. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):0.
A round-up of nursing and health stories from today's papers:
- Student life - Putting theory into practice. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):66.
The 'theory-practice gap' is a constant feature in debates about nurse education.
- Notice board. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):64-5.
Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career.
- A healthy regard for the legal system. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):64-5.
I have always been very proud of the NHS and, having recently served as a juror, I am now as proud of our legal system. The experience raised my awareness of the responsibility of jurors and the complexity of the legal process.
- Tailoring job descriptions. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):64.
Demand for new services is affecting the design of health care and the deployment of staff, including the largest single group - nurses.
- South asian experience. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):63.
I was recently awarded a Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) travel scholarship. I volunteered to work in one of Nepal's government hospitals. Many of the practices and routines I experienced made me reflect on the nursing service in the UK.
- Ethical practice. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):61.
Ethics is a complex and important subject, whether in relation to minor everyday nursing decisions or philosophical dilemmas such as the Assisted Dying Bill.
- Prevention of surgical site infection. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):50-8.
Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common healthcare-associated infection that can cause patients extreme pain and discomfort, resulting in prolonged hospitalisation and additional costs to the NHS. Multidisciplinary team working, combined with audit and surveillance, early recognition of signs and symptoms of infection, and implementation of evidence-based guidance are essential for reducing the incidence of SSI. Nurses caring for patients in the pre, peri and post-operative period have an important role in advising individuals about the risks associated with SSI and how infection should be managed.
- Applying social impact assessment to nursing research. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):45-9.
Many nurses need to construct a research proposal at some stage of their career and there are multiple texts that provide guidance on doing so. However, most texts do not provide explicit guidance on the issue of social impact - the effect of research on the social health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and on the improved performance of relevant services. This article proposes that social impact should be considered from the beginning of a research project. It outlines a framework for assessing social impact to help strengthen the quality of research proposals and assist nurses constructing the proposal and also those evaluating it, including academic assessors or funding body reviewers. Nursing research should be useful and should have a positive effect on practice. Focusing on social impact can increase the chances of this desirable outcome.
- Improving end of life care for people with dementia. [Journal Article]
- Nurs Stand 2014 Jul 30; 28(48):37-43.
Nurses caring for older patients across diverse settings will provide care for people with dementia approaching the end of their lives. Demographic changes mean that the number of people dying with dementia will increase, however nurses and other healthcare professionals may be unprepared to meet their needs. Factors that are essential to provide compassionate and dignified end of life care for people with dementia include effective communication with those with cognitive impairment and an awareness of likely causes of anxiety, fear and resistance to care when carrying out interventions. Accurate assessment and pain relief are required to ensure good end of life care. Knowledge of challenging and complex issues around maintenance of nutrition and hydration requirements, and communication skills to discuss the issues with families and carers are also required.