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Overview of the incidence, early identification and management of sepsis.
This article discusses the incidence of sepsis globally and nationally, and the effects of the condition. It emphasises the early identification and effective management of sepsis, which remain crucial to improving patient outcomes such as morbidity and mortality. It also outlines the nurse's role in providing sepsis care. PMID: 29442470 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - February 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Ward C, Morrell-Scott N Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Use of combined inhalers for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Abstract The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf.cochrane.org/evidence-transfer-program-review-summaries . This is a Cochrane review s...
Source: Nursing Standard - February 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Wilson A Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Safe transfusion of blood components.
This article outlines the clinical practice and administration required to undertake blood component transfusions safely and effectively. It also explains the rationale for checking processes, with reference to clinical guidelines. PMID: 29442472 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - February 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Jones A Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Plasma transfusions prior to insertion of central lines for people with abnormal coagulation.
Abstract The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf.cochrane.org/evidence-transfer-program-review-summaries. This is a Cochrane review su...
Source: Nursing Standard - February 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Pich J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Exploring the use of high-fidelity simulation training to enhance clinical skills.
This article discusses a high-fidelity simulated training session that was used to assess a group of third-year nursing students and foundation level 1 medical students. This involved the use of a patient simulator manikin in a scenario that required the collaborative management of a deteriorating patient. PMID: 29411953 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - February 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Ann Kirkham L Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Supporting people who experience intimate partner violence.
Abstract Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant issue in health and social care. Nurses may encounter individuals in healthcare settings who experience IPV, and they have an important role in supporting these people by providing person-centred care. It is important that nurses understand the complex issues involved in IPV, including those related to its presentation and effects on physical and psychological health. Nurses should also be aware of factors such as lack of knowledge among healthcare professionals and the challenge for some individuals of disclosing IPV, which can affect nurses' ability to id...
Source: Nursing Standard - February 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Ali P, McGarry J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Role of central venous pressure monitoring in critical care settings.
This article explains CVP monitoring, discussing the rationale for its use, the ways CVP can be measured, and the physiological factors that can affect the reliability and validity of CVP measurement. It also discusses the complications associated with CVP monitoring and the nursing responsibilities in relation to this activity. PMID: 29384288 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 31, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Thomas Hill B Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Principles and nursing management of anticoagulation.
This article discusses the uses, modes of action and potential side effects of anticoagulants, to improve nurses' understanding and enable them to have an active role in limiting the risk of harm from these drugs. PMID: 29384289 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 31, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Gee E Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

How to undertake a nutritional assessment in adults.
Abstract RATIONALE AND KEY POINTS: Nutritional assessment in adults should begin on first contact with the patient, and is an ongoing process that can take place over several hours or days. A comprehensive nutritional assessment involves the nurse examining the patient's physical and psychological state, as well as considering any social issues that may affect their nutrition. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: 'How to' articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of. PMID: 29363889 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Johnstone CC Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Implementation of e-portfolios for the professional development of Admiral Nurses.
This article details the implementation and outcomes of this project. PMID: 29363890 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Dening KH, Holmes D, Pepper A Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Symptom management in women undergoing the menopause.
This article outlines the symptoms of the menopause and the available treatments for these, including hormone replacement therapy, non-hormonal treatments and alternative therapies, and discusses how nurses can assist women undergoing the menopause to improve their health and quality of life during this often challenging time. PMID: 29363891 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Noble N Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Health stewardship: a concept for best health outcomes.
Abstract The concept of health stewardship and responsibility for self, marks a shift from adopting a paternalistic approach to care, with decision-making the main remit of healthcare practitioners, towards encouraging and empowering individuals to take increasing responsibility for their healthcare and outcomes. The main aim of nursing is to achieve optimal health outcomes for every patient. Exploring health stewardship as a path to wellness will assist healthcare practitioners to guide patients living with a chronic disease to be as healthy as possible. PMID: 29341550 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Donnelley M Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Reflection on curative treatment versus palliation of symptoms in end of life care.
This article is a reflection on practice by a nursing student who was in the fourth year of an internship, and discusses a case study involving a woman at the end of life. It considers the approach to palliative and end of life care adopted in an oncology and haematology ward where there was a reluctance to be realistic about the limitations of treatments among some healthcare practitioners, who did not want to dispel unrealistic expectations of the patient's recovery as a result of continuing treatment. This reflection focuses on the care of a patient at the end of life and the frustration experienced by the nursing stude...
Source: Nursing Standard - January 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Dowling TB Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Developing the organisational culture in a healthcare setting.
This article aims to define organisational culture and explain why it is important to patients, carers and those working in healthcare environments. Organisational culture is not a new concept and the literature on the subject is well-established. However, because of the changing dynamics of the NHS, there has been a shift away from 'what' the NHS stands for, often relating to its history and rituals, to 'who' it functions for, including how healthcare professionals such as nurses can develop and drive the organisational culture. The article seeks to assist nurses in understanding the role of organisational culture, as wel...
Source: Nursing Standard - January 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Nightingale A Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

How to undertake a root cause analysis investigation to improve patient safety.
This article outlines the stages of the investigation process for undertaking a root cause analysis. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: 'How to' articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of. PMID: 29319273 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Haxby E, Shuldham C Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Evaluating a co-facilitation approach to service user and carer involvement in undergraduate nurse education.
CONCLUSION: The involvement of service users and carers in classroom learning is meaningful and relevant to nursing students' education. The co-facilitation approach enabled them to understand the person rather than only the patient, which is essential in providing person-centred care. However, it is necessary to identify the means to support students to build resilience and maintain their learning in challenging healthcare environments. PMID: 29319274 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - January 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Felton A, Cook J, Anthony R Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Undertaking drug calculations for intravenous medicines and infusions.
This article aims to assist nurses in evaluating and improving their competence in undertaking drug calculations for the IV route. Although nurses enter the professional register with an assessed level of medicines competence, nursing is a dynamic profession and competency can decrease over time, with literature demonstrating that nurses often have suboptimal drug calculation skills. This article enables nursing students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of IV drug calculations, and registered nurses to revisit this essential nursing skill. It is necessary to enhance nurses' mathematical skills and conceptual kn...
Source: Nursing Standard - January 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Brindley J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

How to administer an insulin injection.
Abstract RATIONALE AND KEY POINTS: Effective insulin injection technique is essential to ensure optimal management of diabetes. Those who administer insulin should understand how it works, in particular its link to blood glucose levels. PMID: 29250938 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - December 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Curtis T, Moutter S Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Legal, ethical and professional aspects of duty of care for nurses.
This article examines the legal, ethical and professional aspects of duty of care, what these mean for nurses in practice, and how duty of care is intrinsically linked with standards of care and negligence. PMID: 29250939 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - December 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Dowie I Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Role of nursing leadership in providing compassionate care.
This article encourages nurses to explore the concept of leadership in the constantly changing field of health and social care. All nurses have an important role in leadership, and they should consider what type of leader they want to be and what leadership skills they might wish to develop. This article examines what leadership might involve, exploring various leadership styles and characteristics and how these could be applied in nurses' practice. A core component of nursing and nursing leadership is the ability to provide compassionate care. This could correspond with the idea of servant leadership, an approach that mov...
Source: Nursing Standard - December 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Quinn B Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Antiepileptic drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of seizures in viral encephalitis.
Abstract STATEMENT: The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf.cochrane.org/evidence-transfer-program-review-summaries. This is a Cochran...
Source: Nursing Standard - December 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Rowan-Robinson K Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Assessment, care and management of patients with red eye.
This article provides an overview of the common causes of red eye encountered in general practice or an eye clinic. It discusses the nurse's role in the care and management of patients with red eye, with reference to patient assessment, the skills required to make an accurate diagnosis, treatment and health promotion. PMID: 29210535 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - December 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Watkinson S, Seewoodhary R Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

HIV and AIDS: An overview of the current issues, treatment and prevention.
This article provides an overview of the current approaches to the treatment, care and support of people living with HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It also discusses the challenges associated with HIV and AIDS that remain, HIV prevention strategies, and the nurse's role in caring for people living with HIV. It outlines the Australian partnership approach to HIV, which provides a background for reflection on the response to HIV and AIDS in the UK and worldwide. PMID: 29210536 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - December 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Anne Crock E Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Ambulatory and short-burst oxygen for interstitial lung disease.
Abstract STATEMENT: The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf.cochrane.org/evidence-transfer-program-review-summaries. This is a Cochran...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Atkinson D Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Development and regulation of advanced nurse practitioners in the UK and internationally.
This article summarises the development of the ANP role in the UK and internationally, and issues relating to regulation. Globally, ANPs are regulated by one of three different bodies: nationally by central government or a professional body, or locally by employers. In the UK, the role is regulated by local procedures, relying on employers to make decisions about the scope and preparation for practice. Some of the challenges in the UK in relation to ANP regulation are discussed, including variations in scope, organisational constraints and lack of support. These challenges are exacerbated by a lack of role clarity, thereby...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: King R, Tod A, Sanders T Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Using the ABCDE approach to assess the deteriorating patient.
This article outlines the systematic ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) approach to patient assessment, which enables healthcare practitioners to identify and respond to life-threatening conditions in order of priority. The patient's vital signs should be measured as part of the ABCDE assessment and recorded using a track and trigger tool to enhance recognition of physiological abnormalities that signal deterioration. To optimise communication and escalation of deteriorating patients, healthcare practitioners should report ABCDE assessment findings using a structured communication tool. PMID:...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Smith D, Bowden T Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Care of patients undergoing weaning from mechanical ventilation in critical care.
Abstract There are several reasons why mechanical ventilation - the use of an artificial device to assist a patient to breathe - may be initiated, for example to enable general anaesthesia for patients undergoing surgery, and for those with a compromised airway or respiratory failure. It is important that critical care nurses have the skills and knowledge to care for patients who are undergoing weaning from mechanical ventilation. This is to ensure that patients are weaned safely and as soon as possible, to improve their outcomes and avoid an increase in patient mortality and morbidity through complications that c...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Elliott S, Morrell-Scott N Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Methods of contraception: the nurse's role in providing care and advice.
Abstract Most women require contraception during their reproductive years, and many methods are available. Women should have access to all of these methods and be encouraged to take an active role in decision-making about their choice of contraceptive, within medical eligibility constraints. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are more effective than user-dependent methods, such as condoms, and should be offered to all women during contraceptive consultations. In primary care settings, nurses often provide much basic contraception care and advice. Nurses should ensure that they work within the limits of their co...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Kelsey S Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Errors in the nursing management of a deteriorating patient.
This article presents a case study focusing on understanding the factors that led to errors resulting in the death of a patient. Understanding the complex interaction of system and human factors enables the identification of strategies that could be used to decrease the likelihood of a similar incident occurring. PMID: 29139626 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Gluyas H Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Understanding and meeting your legal responsibilities as a nurse.
This article discusses the legal standard of care required in relation to nursing and midwifery practice and nurses' professional standards and code of conduct. It examines how courts in the UK determine if nurses have met their duty of care and how nurses must ensure they maintain competence to provide safe care. It examines why organisational knowing - understanding the organisation in which one is employed; its people, values and how it works - is important for all nurses, regardless of their level in the organisation. It also discusses workplace incivility and its adverse effects on nurses, patient care and healthcare ...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Terry L, Carr G, Halpin Y Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Managing chronic oedema and wet legs in the community: a service evaluation.
Abstract Patients with chronic oedema and 'wet legs' are frequently seen in the community setting, with research indicating that more than half of community nurses' caseloads are patients with chronic oedema. However, a lack of nurse education and standardised care pathways for this condition has been identified. In June 2016, the Welsh Government supported the development of the On the Ground Education Project (OGEP), which aimed to raise community nurses' awareness and recognition of chronic oedema and wet legs, to improve the management of these conditions, and to support the efficient use of community nurses' ...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 8, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Thomas M, Morgan K, Humphreys I, Jehu D, Jenkins L Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Cardiac monitoring and the use of a systematic approach in interpreting electrocardiogram rhythms.
This article reviews the clinical skill of attaching a patient to a three and five-lead cardiac monitor, discussing appropriate skin preparation and lead selection. It also outlines the identification of several of the common types of cardiac arrhythmia on an ECG rhythm strip using a systematic approach. PMID: 29119744 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - November 8, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Hatchett R Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Antifibrinolytics (lysine analogues) for the prevention of bleeding in people with haematological disorders.
Abstract STATEMENT: The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf.cochrane.org/evidence-transfer-program-review-summaries. This is a Cochran...
Source: Nursing Standard - November 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Phillips P Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Patient transfer from the intensive care unit to a general ward.
This article explores the challenges of transferring patients from the ICU and uses evidence to examine ways to address them to ensure optimal care for a complex patient group. Transfer time, factors affecting general ward care, handover processes, recognition of deterioration and education, intensive care outreach, and the psychological factors affecting these patients are examined. PMID: 29094533 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - November 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Guest M Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Management of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life.
This article discusses the assessment of nausea and vomiting, current understanding of the emetic pathways, and pharmacological management of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life. PMID: 29094534 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - November 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Webb A Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Students' perspectives of using the hub and spoke model to support and develop learning in practice.
CONCLUSION: There were several positive effects on nursing students' practice learning as a result of the hub and spoke model approach to practice learning. Students valued the option of undertaking a 'different' placement experience that offered them the opportunity to view connections to the wider patient healthcare journey and understand the influence of the community on patients' health and well-being. PMID: 29094537 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Millar L, Conlon M, McGirr D Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young people.
This article provides nurses working in various settings with evidence-based strategies to identify, manage and refer children and young people with eating disorders. It explores what eating disorders are, and their association with physical and psychiatric co-morbidities. Eating disorders have a significant effect on children and young people's health and development, and nurses have a vital role in managing them. This article presents a case study that illustrates some of the challenges nurses may experience when managing children and young people with eating disorders. PMID: 29094538 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Oakley TJ, Dey I, Discombe S, Fitzpatrick L, Paul SP Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Person-centred care: experiences of older people with dementia.
CONCLUSION: Knowledge of the lived experience of people with dementia is important to ensure they receive care that enhances their quality of life. It is essential to consider the views and experiences of older people with dementia to provide effective person-centred care and undertake appropriate research. Further research is required to evaluate the experiences of older people with dementia receiving care to inform practice. PMID: 29094535 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Nicholson L Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Undertaking an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the acutely ill adult.
This article emphasises the importance of undertaking an accurate and comprehensive patient assessment to ensure that management strategies are implemented in a timely manner. The article also considers the importance of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS), which is a 'track-and-trigger' tool designed to identify patients who are at risk of deterioration. The presentation of shock is considered and how this can be identified using the NEWS. The patient assessment skills required by nurses are discussed and the main signs of patient deterioration, regardless of cause, are outlined. The article also examines the ABCDE (a...
Source: Nursing Standard - October 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Mayo P Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Peer social support training in UK prisons.
CONCLUSION: The peer social support training programmes were considered to be a positive intervention and were effective in supporting peer social support roles. Recommendations for future training of prisoner peer support workers include involving existing peer social support workers in training and recruitment, and enhancing the role of peer social support workers in prisons by providing them with job descriptions. PMID: 29094539 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Stewart W, Lovely R Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Role of clinical practice educators in an integrated community and mental health NHS foundation trust.
This article examines the work of a team of six CPEs, who were employed by one large integrated mental health and community health NHS foundation trust that incorporates both mental and physical health services. It explores how the role of the CPE can have positive effects on clinical settings, and can improve the provision of evidence-based care for clinical staff and students on placement in the trust. The article provides examples of the work undertaken by the CPE team and considers the plans for its future development. PMID: 29094540 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Hampson J, Gunning H, Nicholson L, Gee C, Jay D, Sheppard G Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Undertaking drug calculations for oral medicines and suppositories.
This article aims to assist nurses in identifying their competence in undertaking drug calculations for oral medications and suppositories. Although nurses enter their professional register with an assessed level of medicines competence, nursing is a dynamic profession and competency can decrease over time, with literature demonstrating that nurses often have suboptimal drug calculation skills. This article enables nursing students to continue to enhance their knowledge and understanding of drug calculations, and registered nurses to revisit this element of an essential nursing skill. It provides examples of drug calculati...
Source: Nursing Standard - October 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Brindley J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Prevention, recognition and management of delirium in patients who are critically ill.
This article examines delirium in patients in the intensive care unit, including its signs and symptoms, incidence, causes and subtypes. It outlines the assessment of delirium and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions that can be used to manage the condition, as well as describing the optimal prevention measures. PMID: 29094525 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Hyde-Wyatt J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the safe storage of medicines.
This article reviews the function of the medicines refrigerator and the checks required by healthcare practitioners to ensure that medicines remain safely stored and their effectiveness is maintained. It also outlines the medicines refrigeration procedure known as the 'cold chain', which includes the use of cold boxes or vaccine carriers to maintain the required temperature of medicines during transport from the manufacturer to user, or between healthcare departments. PMID: 29094526 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - October 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Hatchett R Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

How to auscultate for heart sounds in adults.
This article aims to improve nurses' knowledge and understanding of the procedure for auscultating heart sounds in adults, as part of a cardiovascular examination. It focuses on auscultating normal heart sounds; it is beyond the scope of this article to discuss the pathophysiology of abnormal findings. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: 'How to' articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of. PMID: 29094542 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - September 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Morgan S Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Role of the Admiral Nurse in supporting a person with dementia and their family carer.
This article uses a case study to explore the role of one Admiral Nurse (KG) in supporting the main family carer of a person with dementia, and the model of reflection used by the Admiral Nurse to undertake critical thinking and analysis in relation to their role. PMID: 29094543 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - September 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Gamble JK, Dening KH Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Undertaking an oral contraceptive pill review.
This article provides nurses with an understanding of the process for undertaking an annual oral contraceptive pill review effectively. This is commonly referred to as a 'pill check', and is the responsibility of many nurses working in primary care and sexual health services. Undertaking a pill check requires an understanding of the different types of oral contraceptive pills and associated risk factors. This article refers to recommendations from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the lead body in the UK for standards and guidance relating to family planning and sexual health. It enables nurses to consider...
Source: Nursing Standard - September 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Bishop J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

How to administer lidocaine in wounds.
This article explains how to administer lidocaine safely and effectively, including how to infiltrate a wound with lidocaine before cleaning or suturing. There are potentially serious consequences associated with the use of local anaesthesia, but careful preparation will ensure patient safety and contribute towards a positive patient experience. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: How to articles can help to update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of. PMID: 29094529 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - September 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Welsh J, Rowe G Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Exploring the use of student-led simulated practice learning in pre-registration nursing programmes.
CONCLUSION: This pilot project has demonstrated how student-led simulated practice learning sessions could be used to engage nursing students as partners in their learning, enhance their knowledge and skills, and promote self-directed learning. PMID: 29094530 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Nursing Standard)
Source: Nursing Standard - September 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Brown J, Collins G, Gratton O Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research

Developing and maintaining compassionate care in nursing.
This article aims to support and guide nurses in developing their capacity to be compassionate. It explores concepts related to compassion, including compassion satisfaction, fatigue, literacy and self-compassion, and outlines strategies that nurses can implement to promote compassionate care. This article encourages nurses to identify their personal and professional values, to understand how these can influence their attitudes and behaviours. By raising awareness of these concepts, as well as the challenges and changing nature of compassion, it is hoped that nurses' capacity to provide compassionate care will be enhanced....
Source: Nursing Standard - September 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Henderson A, Jones J Tags: Nurs Stand Source Type: research