RCN urges student nurses to have vaccine against deadly MenW
The Royal College of Nursing is urging prospective student nurses to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia before starting university, as the W strain continues to rise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ban on E-cigarettes in mental health units ‘unacceptable’, say MPs
E-cigarettes, estimated as 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes, are too often being overlooked as a stop smoking tool by the NHS, especially in mental health settings, according to MPs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses and midwives in Scotland accept three-year NHS pay deal
A three-year pay deal for most NHS staff in Scotland, including nurses and midwives, has today been accepted. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Man charged with murder of nurse from Britain ’s Got Talent choir
Police say they have charged a man with the murder of a woman who is believed to be a nurse who previously performed earlier this year in a charity choir on the TV show Britain ’s Got Talent. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Petition launched to ease parking restrictions for district nurses
A petition has been launched that calls for health workers such as district nurses to be given greater parking freedoms when performing care duties in the community. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Opt-out organ donation register ‘unlikely to increase donations’
Plans to move to an opt-out organ donation register are unlikely to spark an increase in the number of donations, according to a new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Community nurse plans skydive to help prevent young suicide
A district nurse from South Yorkshire is taking to the skies for her first ever skydive to raise awareness that young suicide can be prevented. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Patients with HCAIs report ‘suffering social and emotional pain’
The consequences of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) reach well beyond patients ’ physical health, sometimes leading to soured social relationships, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercise improves symptoms in chronic kidney disease patients
Just 12 weeks of aerobic and strength-based exercise reduces symptoms and levels of fatigue in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to findings from a UK study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Further decline in students given place on UK nursing courses
New figures revealing a drop in nursing student numbers have escalated fears about the future of the profession already in the grip of a staffing crisis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Decline in students given place on UK nursing courses continues
New figures revealing a drop in nursing student numbers have escalated fears about the future of the profession already in the grip of a staffing crisis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwife wins compensation over ‘indirect sex discrimination’
A midwife has been awarded almost £5,000 in compensation, after a panel found she was treated unfairly by the caseloading midwifery service that she was employed by while on maternity leave. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Community nurses ‘under real pressure’ from chronic wound care
Nurses in the UK carry out 180 wound dressing changes a year on each patient with a chronic wound, a survey has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Aberdeen birth unit to remain shut until graduates fill vacancies
Concern has been aired over the ongoing closure of a birthing centre in North East Scotland due to severe midwife shortages.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Emergency hospital visits for bowel cancer linked to deprivation
Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas have up to 13% higher levels of emergency admissions prior to a diagnosis than those in the least deprived areas, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN issues bleak warning on learning disabilities nursing 'crisis'
Critical shortages of learning disabilities nurses could lead to more vulnerable patients being sent to Victorian style institutions away from their loved ones, a union has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mental health ‘first aid’ added to nursing course curriculum
Student nurses of all disciplines at the University of Northampton will be taught skills in mental health “first aid” to help them spot crucial warning signs of problems like depression and anxiety in both themselves and their patients. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns of ‘continuing down same path’ as Bawa-Garba case
The Royal College of Nursing and other professional bodies have warned of the negative implications of “continuing down the path” that occurred in the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba on safety culture. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing student left struggling after losing bursary while off sick
A student nurse has criticised a “loop hole” in the bursary system that has left her struggling to make ends meet for taking time out from her studies to recover from mental health problems. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Routine use of opioid painkiller 'could halve need for epidurals'
Giving a drug called remifentanil during labour could halve the number of women needing an epidural, a study by UK researchers has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for action on social care nurse shortages as population ages
Fresh calls to address nursing shortages in social care have been made, after stark new figures revealed the accelerating ageing rate of the UK ’s population.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Risk of fractures increases after gastric bypass surgery
The risk of a patient experiencing a fracture increases by about 30% after a gastric bypass operation, according to a Swedish study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

North Yorkshire health visitors gain Unicef recognition
Health visitors in North Yorkshire have received international recognition for their care for parents and their children. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bowel cancer screening in England to start earlier from 50
Bowel cancer screening in England is set to start at an earlier age of 50 to improve early detection, according to Public Health England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing Times inducted into nurses ’ journal ‘hall of fame’
Nursing Times has been inducted into an international “hall of fame” for publications that have made significant contributions to the profession’s “knowledge”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing needs gender-neutral rebranding, say researchers
Nursing needs to undergo a gender-neutral “rebranding” to break down barriers stopping men entering the profession, researchers have urged after it emerged less than 10% of student nurses in Scotland were male. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN announces election candidates to be next president
The Royal College of Nursing has announced the election candidates for its next president and deputy president. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Labour criticises continued NHS reliance on agency nurses
Ministers must “bring forward” a sustainable, long term workforce plan for the NHS that reduces reliance on expensive agency workers, according to the Labour Party. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing director becomes chief exec of hospital trust
Senior nurse Louise Stead has been appointed as the new chief executive of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fears for public health services as council unveils £70m cuts
Fears have been raised about the fate of public health provision in a county run by a beleaguered council in financial crisis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Plastic spouted beakers 'infantilise' patients
The object in question resembles a toddler ’s drinking cup. It’s plastic and there’s a lid from which protrudes a wide, circular spout. But you won’t find a Thomas the Tank Engine logo on it, as this receptacle – the plastic spouted beaker – is what many older patients in care homes and some NHS wards are given to drink from. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sleep-in shift pay debate set to reach Supreme Court
A debate over how much carers staying at their place of work overnight should be paid is set to be taken to the UK ’s highest court. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercising three to five times a week benefits mental health
A study of 1.2 million people has suggested that people who exercise regularly have, on average, 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month that those who do not exercise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Alert issued after cardiac arrests in hyperkalaemia patients
Nurses and other clinicians have been told to treat all people with high potassium levels as an emergency, after 35 people including a baby and child suffered a cardiac arrest. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The nurse seeking digital solutions to frontline challenges
Making the most of digital technology can help tackle staffing shortages and ensure nurses spend more time on direct patient care, according to a nurse who hopes to convince others of the benefits. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse sets up dementia support caf é at Devon hospital
A dementia support caf é is due to be launched by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust next week to support people living with the condition and those who care for them. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse who killed himself after sacking was ‘treated unfairly’
The boss of one the largest NHS trusts in the country has apologised after an independent investigation found a nurse who took his own life after being sacked was treated unfairly. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Two nurses short-listed for national NHS compassion awards
A pioneering end of life nurse and a nurse who has led the way in patient-centred emergency care have been short-listed for an award that recognises outstanding contributions to the delivery of compassionate care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Likelihood of dementia ‘higher among black ethnic groups’
Rates of dementia diagnosis are higher among black ethnic groups compared to white and Asian groups in the UK, according to researchers from London. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK ’s defibrillators to be mapped to save ‘tens of thousands’ of lives
Public defibrillators around the country are to be mapped as part of a new drive to boost their use, involving the NHS, Microsoft and a leading charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Focusing on retaining nurses as ‘important’ as recruitment efforts
A package of measures is needed to help retain existing nursing staff within the profession, according to a new report drawing on international evidence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses having to revalidate is ‘improving attitudes and behaviours’
New revalidation procedures for nurses and midwives are improving attitudes and behaviours among staff and helping to foster safer care, according to the latest independent analysis of the scheme. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

News round-up: Catch-up on July's top nursing stories
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during July 2018? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Homeopathy no longer available on NHS after CCG cuts service
The last remaining NHS funded homeopathy service in England has been axed, following a decision made today by commissioners in the South West. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Non-drug therapies ‘best’ for managing dementia symptoms
Non-drug approaches should be prioritised in treating agitation in people with Alzheimer ’s Disease, according to a group of the world’s leading experts on the condition. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Women with diabetes face higher risk of cancers than men
Women with diabetes have a dramatically increased risk of developing cancer, according to a study involving UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Clinical news digest: Don't miss last month's top stories
Miss any of the clinical and practice news affecting the profession during July 2018? Catch up with our summary of the main study headlines and clinical breakthroughs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Two dementia wards close due to shortage of nursing staff
Two wards for dementia patients have been temporarily closed by NHS Grampian due to nurse shortages. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Global nursing body highlights ‘importance of safe staffing’
Registered nurses must not be substituted with less qualified workers, according to the International Council of Nurses ’ first ever position statement on safe staffing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing associate evaluation reveals ‘positives’ and ‘challenges’
A key challenge for the first wave of trainee nursing associates has been “limited understanding and acceptance” of the controversial new role among colleagues, an independent evaluation has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news