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New ‘tiny’ nappies to be donated to NHS neonatal units
Around three million new nappies designed specifically for premature babies are being donated to UK neonatal units though a partnership between a charity and a manufacturer. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospice nursing shortage hitting care for sickest children
A nursing shortfall means that children ’s hospices are being increasingly forced to cut back on the vital palliative care they can offer to families, according to a charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lack of children ’s nurses impacting on paediatric units
A lack of both nurses and doctors specialising in children ’s health has recently forced many paediatric and neonatal units to temporarily close to admissions, a medical body has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Struggling trust turns to former nurse to help improve
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has appointed former nurse and troubleshooter Maggie Oldham as its interim chief executive, following the departure of her predecessor last month. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Missing student nurse ‘found safe and well’, say police
Avon and Somerset Constabulary have revealed that a student nurse wo went missing from Bristol nearly two weeks ago has been found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

More A & E patients can ‘avoid admission for diverticulitis’
More patients currently admitted with diverticulitis – an inflammation of an outgrowth or pouching in the colon that can cause severe abdominal pain – could be sent home, suggest US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh decision may spark PrEP postcode lottery in UK
British nations could end up with different rules on HIV prevention drugs, after an advisory body recommended that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) should not be funded on the NHS in Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cheap drug cuts death from bleeding after childbirth
A cheap and widely available medication can reduce deaths from severe bleeding after childbirth, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide, according to a major trial led by UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses warn staffing will worsen if EU workers thrown out
European Union nurses and other staff must be allowed to stay in the UK following Brexit or staffing shortages will get worse, nurses from a major health union have warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pay campaign against 1% cap to be ramped up by union
A rallying call for nurses and other healthcare professionals to threaten strike action if the government ’s pay rise cap is not overturned has been made by members of a major health union. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sightings of missing student nurse being investigated
Police say they are currently following up around 20 reports from the public of potential sightings of the missing Bristol student nurse Anna Lewis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Northern Ireland leads way on maternity staff charter
Northern Ireland is now the first UK nation where every single maternity unit has embraced a charter aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital nurses paying ‘extortionate’ charges to park
Some hospitals are charging staff, including nurses, “extortionate” fees of nearly £100 a month to park, according to a health union. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Seated exercises bring quick benefits for older patients
A programme of seated exercises helped improve the physical and mental wellbeing of frail elderly people in just couple of months, according to the findings from a trial scheme. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Labour chases nursing vote with three-part NHS pledge
The Labour Party is to announce a “three-point election guarantee” for the NHS, with a promise to scrap the 1% cap on pay rises, reinstate the student nurse bursary and enshrine safe staffing in law. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Robust safeguards’ needed on use of nursing associates
The “real risk” that nursing associates are used as a cheap alternative to nurses has been underlined at a major health conference, where delegates called for any attempts by employers to substitute roles to be resisted. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses have key role in developing new HIV care models
Clinical nurse specialists could play a leading role in delivering more co-ordinated care to those with HIV, according to a report that says the fragmentary nature of current services is hampering progress. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care homes should be viewed as positive placements for students
Care homes are being viewed “as a last resort” for nursing students when no other placements can be found, according to managers, who say the setting should be valued more highly by educators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Public health nurses set to draw up ‘election checklist’
Health visitors and school nurses are preparing an election checklist with the overall aim of protecting public health budgets from council cuts, union leaders have said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: English exam is barrier to overseas nurses, says agency
Hundreds of international nurses are unable to take up job offers in the NHS, which is stalling overseas recruitment, because the level to which their English language is being tested is too high, a new report has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trusts warn NMC test stalling EU nurse recruitment
Trusts have told Nursing Times they are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit from abroad, because nurses are taking several attempts to pass an English language test that has been criticised for being set too high. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CCTV images released of missing Bristol student nurse
The police have said concerns are growing about the safety of a student nurse who was last seen leaving Bristol ’s Southmead Hospital 11 days ago. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses 'right to be angry' about pay, says union leader
Nurses and other NHS staff are “right to feel angry” over yet another 1% pay rise, according to the leader of Unison, who described it as “an insult”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Inhaled steroids ‘increase pneumonia risk’ in asthma
Treatment with inhaled steroids may slightly increase the risk of pneumonia in patients with asthma, as well as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to Canadian researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Aspirin has ‘no benefit’ for preventing dementia
The authors of an analysis of previously published studies said they have found no evidence that low-dose aspirin “buffers” against cognitive decline or dementia, or improves cognitive test scores. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health visitors may be only hope for domestic slaves
Health visitors have a vital role in helping identify the victims of domestic slavery, as they may be their only contact with the outside world, a community nursing organisation has highlighted. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lack of nurse support for incurable breast cancer
There is a “gulf” between the specialist nursing support available for patients with incurable breast cancer and that accessible for those with the primary stage of the disease, a charity has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

North Lincs HVs fully accredited as ‘baby friendly’
Health visiting teams across North Lincolnshire are celebrating after being awarded full “baby friendly” accreditation from the United Nations Children’s Fund – Unicef. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Risk remains from chronic lack of nurses, warns union
The health service continues to suffer from “chronic understaffing”, according to a snapshot survey of nurses across the UK, with the union behind it claiming patients’ lives are being put at risk. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New nurse staffing tool for hospitals endorsed by NICE
A new tool for carrying out advance planning of nurse staffing levels in hospitals has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

DH reveals extra cash allocations to ease A & E pressure
The government has today announced around half of promised additional funding allocations for hospital trusts, which it says will ease pressure on accident and emergency departments in England next winter. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital shops agree to reduce levels of sugar in drinks
NHS England has announced that leading retailers have agreed to voluntarily reducing sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less of their total drinks sales within hospitals over the coming year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

More training on antibiotics urged for nurse prescribers
All NHS staff, but particularly those with prescribing powers, should be offered more training in the responsible use of antibiotics, according to Health Education England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse named new chair of British Menopause Society
A nurse has been named as chair of the British Menopause for the first time since the society was founded over 25 years ago. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Plaque to honour Manchester nursing ‘legends’ unveiled
Two nurses credited with playing a key part in developing nursing in Manchester have been honoured with plaques at the hospital where they served for nearly half a century. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses to get new screening tool for child sexual exploitation
A new national screening tool to help nurses screen for child sexual exploitation, which is based on prompting conversation rather than ticking boxes, is due to be unveiled later this year, Nursing Times can reveal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

London NHS worst performer on race equality standards
The London NHS region has the worst performance against race equality standards, despite having the largest black and minority ethnic workforce in England, a new report has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Maximum midwife-to-supervisor ratios upped under new model
The recommended maximum number of midwives that a supervisor should support has increased to 20 under a new model being introduced by NHS England, which also suggests the use of “sessional” staff to provide supervision without extra payment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Bite-sized' health films can boost diabetes self-management
Watching short health information films online, via smartphone or tablet, can help patients with type 2 diabetes reduce their blood glucose level, according to a small pilot study by UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS England recruits trust chief nurse and RCN director
NHS England has announced that it has appointed two senior nurses to newly-created roles with briefs covering the transformation and improvement of the nursing profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Info sharing system to aid nurses spot child abuse behind target
A national information sharing system launched two years ago to help nurses and other clinicians identify children at risk of abuse is still yet to be in operation among all local authorities and NHS trusts. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Senior nurses to lead work on safety checks for NHS staffing plans
Two nursing directors have been asked by the regulator NHS Improvement to lead work on developing new safeguards to protect care quality when trusts make significant changes to their workforce. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse resuscitates patient during football match in London
A nurse educator and specialist in resuscitation had to use his expertise and experience for real on Good Friday in front of 12,000 football supporters. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

BME nurses still 'seriously under-represented' in senior posts
Black and minority ethnic nursing and midwifery staff remain “seriously under-represented” at a senior level within the NHS, although some progress has been made recently, according to a report on the treatment of BME employees within England’s health service. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Charity to fund MS specialist nurse posts for first time
The MS Trust has announced that for the first time it is to directly fund multiple sclerosis specialist nurse posts, rather than just their training. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

April is peak time for registration renewal, says NMC
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has produced a short animated film to help remind nurses and midwives of the different ways they can pay their registration fee to avoid lapsing from the register. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Nurses help develop patient monitoring app
Nurses at major London hospital have helped develop and roll-out a vital signs mobile app that could potentially save up to 60 lives per year by identifying and treating deteriorating patients earlier. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call to acknowledge value of mental health nurses
The value of mental health nurses in supporting and listening to patients should be acknowledged more widely, the leader of a nursing charity has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Missed nursing care is ‘missing link’ in higher mortality risk
Uncompleted nurse care has been pointed to as the “missing link” that explains why hospitals with lower nurse staffing levels are associated with a higher risk of patient death, according to a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust backtracks on job ad dubbed ‘disrespectful’ to nurses
A trust in the North West has insisted it respects its nurses after receiving sharp criticism from nursing academics about the style of a job advert that they viewed as demeaning to the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news