It's a mess, isn't it? The NHS I mean...
Should pregnant wome be paid to stop smoking?
It is possible to eat, drink and be merry without overdoing it. In this article, Victoria Taylor offers her tips for eating out and/or partying, which help look after your heart and waistline.
It is theorised that nurses are sometimes afraid of compression due to lack of education, inexperience or inability to obtain necessary equipment. Nevertheless, there are simple methods of assessment and use of compression; in this article, Sylvie Hampton will attempt to guide the nurse with less experience in how to assess and use compression safely and with confidence.
Diabetes has a world-wide reach and prevalence is increasing. But how much do we know about it? In this article, the first of two, Frank Booth outlines types and causes of diabetes. In the second article (Issue 6 PCNR), he explores these factors in greater depth and presents his own view of living with diabetes.
The @ProudToNurse Twitter camapign and the #mynameis... and the 6Cs are gaining traction in the nursing and clincian community, with jolly good reason. Here at PCNR we support the philosophy of these actions and are planning to feature updates in each isssue. But behind these are passionate people who generally are unsung. In this article, Maria Davison explains why she is @ProudToNurse
The 6Csy day held at Leicester racecourse last month was an unexpected 7 hours of pure enthusiasm, passion and pride about nursing from nurses. Joan sought to re-ignite the spirit of caring, and succeeded beyond expectation. Here both he and Deborah share their thoughts on the day.
Are you keen to help children develop their resilience, self-esteem and confidence so they can improve their emotional health and well-being and learn some key skills for creating their own happiness? In this article, Kate H-N the author of the Brockley Bank tales, outlines how the adventures of Eric the Oracle can help develop the emotional health of children.
Having come from a background in art (I was a Deputy Director at Sotheby's auction house), I definitely never thought I’d end up becoming an undertaker! Poppy Mardall, founder of Poppy's Funerals believes that the nursing profession has such an important role to play in allowing people to talk openly about dying and what happens after death. In this article, she explains why she moved into the business and how a colourful, personalised funeral can make all the difference to grieving family and friends.
This month's selection of Tweets and other items which caught our attention.
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The management of venous leg ulceration can be problematic. Healing ultimately depends on correcting the underlying cause, namely venous incompetence. Debates continue on the most effective approach - compression, which can be a lengthy process and not always clinically appropriate, or surgery or stenting? Naturally, for some patients, surgery is not an option. But are we denying those who may benefit from such an approach? In this challening article, Professor Mark Whitely outlines why he believes that compression should only be an intermediary step.
Should nurses, male or female, have visible tattos? We could argue that one's visible appearance is not necessarily a reflection of ones knowledge, skills or caring ability. But we all have perceptions, as do our patients. Do tattos go against the ethos of our Code, which states we should look and behave as professionals when on or off duty, or is this nonsense as they are an acceptable body mutilation in the 21st century? Brian Booth gives us his thoughts.
If you watch any of the myraid cooking programmes, you'll probably know that presentation of the food is almost as important as taste. There seems to be a fashion in certain pubs and restaurants to serve meals on a roof tile, a wooden board, or a dustbin lid (I may have made that one up...). While we can but shudder at the infection control implications of such platters, are they merely pretentious, or do they help tempt us to eat? In this article, Sue reflects on a lesson learnt about plates....
Despite legislation to support staff and the requirements of our Code, many nurses remain reluctant to report issues of concern such as poor care, staff numbers or bullying. Why? The experiences of Eileen Chubb, outlined here, may hold the answer.
In April this year, NHS England will impose a new national workforce race equality standard on the NHS through the NHS standard to address inequalities in BME representation at all levels in the NHS. Here, Joan Pons-Laplana presnts his thoughts as to why we should all be embracing such standards
Following a hugely successful conference in Birmingham which again was sold out, we are delighted to announce that ACA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held on the 4th and 5th June 2015 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.
There is still time to purchase the 2015 QNI Calendar. This year the illustrations are vintage nursing photographs from the early years of the NHS, rediscovered last year in the home of a former District Nurse. They show nurses at work in London and in Norfolk, treating patients of all ages.
A round-up of news and information from RCN Northern Ireland
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'I want' that one...'
GPs can bid for monies to improve workplaces
Is the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) just vireing money around, effectively robbing Peter to pay Paul?
The London IPS Branches present: Infection Prevention – Are YOU Ready, Prepared and Equipped??