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Community nurses ‘continue to rely’ on paper due to IT challenges
Over a quarter of community nurses still use paper-based systems, despite the vast majority who utilise technology saying they find digital ways of working more reliable, according to a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN members to begin voting on NHS pay deal proposals today
The Royal College of Nursing ’s 200,000 nursing staff in England will begin voting today on whether to accept last month’s pay deal put forward by unions, the NHS and government. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC referral can spark suicidal thoughts in nurses, finds survey
More than half of nurses referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council have experienced suicidal thoughts, according to a snapshot survey by a group campaigning for improved support for those going through fitness to practise procedures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK government does deal with Jamaica to recruit nurses for NHS
Nurses from Jamaica are to be targeted as potential recruits for the health service, the government has revealed, in its latest move to try and help mitigate the UK ’s nursing recruitment crisis by looking overseas. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heart patients who walk faster than others are admitted to hospital less
Faster walking patients with heart disease are admitted to hospital less often than slower ones, according to Italian researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Former nurse who became well-respected NHS chief exec to retire
Former nurse Dame Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and a senior figure in the NHS, has revealed that she is to retire later this year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Specialist perinatal mental health services still lacking in 25% of regions
Specialist perinatal mental health services are still non-existent in a quarter of UK regions, according to new analysis by a campaign group. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Game of Thrones star launches specialist nurse fundraising campaign
New Royal College of Nursing ambassador Emilia Clarke is to raise funds for specialist nursing by offering people a chance to bid for the opportunity to spend a day on the Game of Thrones set. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Norfolk hospital nurses face three-year hike in car parking charges
Around 3,000 nurses and other NHS staff at a hospital in Norfolk are facing increases to their car parking charges that a union has claimed threatens to wipe out the proposed NHS pay rise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Blackpool trust to up health visitor contacts from five to eight in first
A trust in the North West believes it is the first place in England to increase the number of home visits from health visitors from the statutory five to at least eight. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Two nurses to help develop ‘new generation of NHS digital tools’
Two nurses have been named as being among those chosen to spend a year working as “clinical informatics fellows” at NHS Digital, in a pioneering new role to boost the use of technology. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Measures unveiled to aid student nurses affected by loans error
Ministers have outlined “short-term” support measures designed to help student nurses affected by a loans error that has left hundreds potentially at financial risk. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Labour pledges to mandate additional visit by health visitors
Labour has pledged to introduce an extra mandatory home visit by health visitors while children are aged three to four months, if the party comes into power. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing home tries to tempt nurses with offer of free holiday
A nursing home in Scarborough is trying to lure nurses to work there with the offer of a free holiday in the sun before they start. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust starts bundles to support new parents after previous loss
New bundles have been launched by a hospital trust with the aim of supporting new parents after the birth of a so-called “rainbow baby”, in the wake of a previous bereavement. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health visitor cuts negatively affecting breastfeeding support
Nearly one in three health visitors say their ability to support breastfeeding mothers has reduced in recent years, according to a new survey that reveals the impact of public health cuts. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Stretched HCAs doing nurse tasks ‘without training or supervision’
Healthcare assistants are being expected to do the work of registered nurses without adequate training or proper supervision, according to survey results released by a union. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New outcome measures to boost ‘standards of incontinence care’
For the first time, health and social care experts say they have developed a “definitive” set of outcome measures and key performance indicators (KPIs) for toileting and containment strategies. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call to investigate extent that mental health staff are leaving jobs
The extent to which mental health staff are “stressed, stretched and leaving” services must be investigated in new research looking at turnover rates, healthcare workers have said at Unison’s annual health conference. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing staff to strike over 'potentially dangerous' care model
Concerns changes will involve “piling duties on to unqualified workers” (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing staff to strike over 'potentially dangerous' new care model
Concerns changes will involve “piling duties on to unqualified workers” (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Nightingale nurses’ reunite at St Thomas’ to celebrate NHS 70th
A group of nurses who trained at St Thomas ’ Hospital in London 40 years ago took a trip down memory lane when they reunited as part of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Greater focus by nurses on pain relief in end of life care urged
Upsetting experiences of end of life care, including nurses and doctors refusing or seeming “frightened” to provide pain relief, highlight the need for urgent improvements in symptom management, say researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Renal nurses asked to improve insertion of needles for dialysis
Most kidney patients rate the care they receive highly but there is room for improvement in key areas such as the insertion of needles for dialysis and involvement in decision-making, show findings from the first national survey of its kind. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Healthcare staff to press government and trusts for ‘vital’ CPD funds
Healthcare workers belonging to a major union are to lobby employers and the government for access to “vital” continuing professional development training, following funding cuts of around 60% in the past two years in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safe staffing studies 'needed to reveal scale of problem' in community
Research into safe staffing levels in community services is needed to uncover the scale of staff shortages, which are threatening patient care and causing workers to go off sick, Unison members have urged. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

National charity seeks nurses for its ‘heart hero’ awards
The British Heart Foundation is seeking nurses and other healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those with heart disease and deserve to be named a “heart hero”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Unison starts NHS pay consultation with call to accept deal
Unison has launched a consultation on the NHS pay proposals during its annual health conference in Brighton, with members in England given until 5 June to air their views. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses urged to join national challenge to ‘end PJ paralysis’
A major national campaign has begun today to get NHS staff to encourage patients to change from their pyjamas into clothes and get up and moving around. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sharp spike in number of physical assaults on NHS staff
Physical assaults on NHS staff increased by nearly 10% last year, with nurses reporting that staffing pressures have contributed to the rise in incidents. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midlands health visitors in new smoking cessation drive
Health visitors and smoking cessation experts at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces to launch a new service for pregnant women and their families. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse staffing framework launched for Irish health service
The Irish government has launched a new framework for establishing safe nurse staffing levels in hospitals. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Painkillers during pregnancy ‘may affect baby’s future fertility’
Women who take painkillers during pregnancy could be negatively affecting the future fertility of the unborn child and their descendants, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ketamine spray ‘shows promise’ as rapid depression treatment
A nasal spray formulation of ketamine has shown promise for the rapid treatment of symptoms of major depression and suicidal thoughts, according to findings from a new US study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Game of Thrones ’ queen of dragons becomes RCN ambassador
Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series Game of Thrones, will “turn her fire” on the UK’s nursing shortage as she takes on a new ambassadorial role this month. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN in Wales launches annual call for awards nominations
Nominations are now open for the Royal College of Nursing ’s annual awards for nurses in Wales, it has been announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS spending millions on private staff outsourcing, claims union
Trusts across England are spending millions on outsourcing staff to new arms-length private companies, shows data obtained by a leading health Union. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study focuses on how best to support newly qualified nurses
Newly qualified nurses need better support in their first job if workforce retention is to improve, according to interim findings from a major new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

WHO strengthens guidance on baby milk formula for newborns
The World Health Organization has toughened its stance on baby formula milk in new breastfeeding guidance for staff at maternity and newborn services. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New safeguarding system must be ‘priority’, warns commissioner
The children ’s commissioner for England has stressed all NHS trusts and local councils must make it a “priority” to introduce a new data-sharing system aimed at helping to prevent child abuse. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse writes open letter on Facebook calling for better pay deal
Brighton nurse Penny Johnson has used the popular social media platform Facebook to call for a better pay offer, after claiming the present proposal “doesn’t even cover basic living costs”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh CNO declares support for campaign to ‘end PJ paralysis’
A major campaign to get NHS staff to encourage patients to change from their pyjamas into clothes and get up and moving around is being supported by the most senior nurse in Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Booklet to help nurses with end of life care for pancreatic cancer
A new booklet on end of life care in pancreatic cancer has been launched with the aim of helping nurse and other healthcare professionals to support patients and their loved ones. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Foundation of Nursing Studies chair set to step down
Leading nurse academic Professor Tony Butterworth is to step down from his role as chair of the Foundation of Nursing Studies charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Continuous glucose monitors ‘cost-effective’ for diabetes
Continuous glucose monitors improve glucose control and add to quality of life for patients with type 1 diabetes, and are also cost-effective over manual testing with strips, according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Norfolk nurses to sleep rough to highlight plight of homeless
Nurses and other professionals from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be sleeping rough for the night to highlight the links between homeless and poor mental health and raise money for those in need. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses ‘pivotal’ to better care and quality of life for cancer patients
Investing in a nursing post to specifically boost continuity of care for oncology patients can bring tremendous benefits in terms of satisfaction and quality of life, according to researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS failing to meet staff flexible career expectations, warns CNO
Employers have not “kept up” with the expectations of younger nurses who want more flexible working options, including opportunities for “career breaks”, which has exacerbated staffing difficulties, according to the chief nursing officer for England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Respiratory nurses highlight staffing concerns in COPD care
Nurses and others working for pulmonary rehabilitation services have seen staffing levels drop and their workload increase amid fears they are struggling to offer timely support to those who desperately need it. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK study to track progression of chronic kidney disease
Researchers behind a major new study of chronic kidney disease hope it will provide vital information to aid earlier diagnosis and treatment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news