Matthew Peel, Katy Cunnion
Victims/survivors (the authors use this term throughout the article but acknowledge that individuals may use various terms to describe their experiences) of non-fatal strangulation associated with domestic abuse are at risk of further serious harm or death, but often do not disclose the assault. In addition, some of the signs and symptoms are not immediately apparent or obvious. Nurses have a professional responsibility to respond to suspicions about and/or disclosure of any type of domestic abuse by initiating safeguarding and protection procedures and must provide effective care...
June 10, 2024: Nursing Standard
Geraldine O'Gara, Emma Hainsworth, Helen O'Toole, Susanne Cruickshank
The transition from nursing student to newly registered nurse is a complex process, and subsequent recruitment to cancer nursing posts can be challenging. This article details a service evaluation that aimed to describe the experiences of nursing students on placement and newly registered nurses or nursing associates working in a specialist cancer centre, and how these experiences might influence their future career aspirations. To gather data, the authors undertook a focus group with nursing students ( n= 8) and interviewed newly registered nurses or nursing associates ( n= 19)...
June 3, 2024: Nursing Standard
Barry Quinn
The reality of death and dying is a central facet of life, often surrounded by feelings of sadness, fear and uncertainty. Nurses have an essential role in caring for people who are approaching the end of life and their families, while being mindful of the current demands and challenges in health and social care services. In this article, the author suggests that being more open to the reality of death as part of life may assist nurses in being more attuned to the personal needs of those who are dying. The article emphasises the importance of considering each person's symptoms and concerns through the lens of compassion to address pain, fear and distress...
May 28, 2024: Nursing Standard
Helen Chilvers, Paul Bates
There has been a rapid increase in remote patient consultations, including remote prescribing - partly in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, but also as part of the move towards a 'digital first' NHS. There are various benefits associated with remote prescribing, such as convenience for patients and judicious use of healthcare resources. However, it is also associated with several risks, for example the use of inappropriate medicines or doses if the prescriber does not have full access to the patient's records...
May 20, 2024: Nursing Standard
Sonya MacVicar
The Nursing and Midwifery Council states that nurses should be able to demonstrate competence in prescribing practice at the point of registration to be 'prescribing ready'. The aim is to increase the number of nurse independent prescribers and improve access to pharmacological treatments for patients. However, while this policy presents opportunities for nurses to develop their prescribing knowledge and skills, there are also challenges involved in integrating prescribing theory into nurse education and ensuring there are enough suitable mentors available in practice...
May 13, 2024: Nursing Standard
Jacqueline Harley
Scoping reviews have become a popular approach for exploring what literature has been published on a particular field of interest. They can enable nurses to gain an overview of the contemporary evidence base relating to a practice area, treatment or specific patient demographic, for example. This article provides a concise guide for nurses planning to undertake a scoping review, explaining the various steps involved. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: 'How to' articles can help to update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based...
May 7, 2024: Nursing Standard
Sadie Lavelle-Cafferkey, Catherine Comiskey
BACKGROUND: The role of an addiction clinical nurse specialist (ACNS) is focused on individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol, and several benefits of the role have been identified in the literature. When people who misuse substances are admitted to acute general hospitals, there is an opportunity to engage with them and ensure they access support services to facilitate their recovery. AIM: To determine general nurses' experience of caring for patients who misuse substances, and to gauge nurses' views on the implementation of an ACNS role in an acute general hospital...
April 29, 2024: Nursing Standard
Kathrine Parker, Janette Chu
Due to the increasing incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), nurses in most healthcare settings are likely to care for patients with some degree of impaired kidney function. Impaired kidney function can adversely affect the way the body excretes, absorbs, distributes and metabolises medicines (pharmacokinetics), potentially resulting in a wide range of drug-related complications. This article provides an overview of the effects of impaired kidney function on pharmacokinetics and the importance of accurate drug dose adjustments for patients with related conditions...
April 22, 2024: Nursing Standard
Rachael Major, Chloe Jackson, Jade Wareham, Jessica Pidcock
Neurodivergent conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Tourette's syndrome are common, and it is highly likely that practice assessors and supervisors will be asked to support neurodivergent nursing students in their practice learning environments. This article details the strengths that neurodivergent students can bring to nursing, as well as some of the challenges they may experience in practice settings. It outlines how practice assessors and supervisors can develop neuro-inclusive learning environments where neurodivergent students can thrive, as well as how to support them if they are not meeting their required proficiencies...
April 15, 2024: Nursing Standard
Christopher Wagstaff
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex condition characterised by intrusive and distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions). The symptoms of OCD cause significant distress and anxiety and can have a debilitating effect on a person's daily functioning. This article gives an overview of OCD, including its prevalence, aetiology, symptoms and treatment strategies, with the aim of enhancing nurses' understanding of the condition and its adverse effects on a person's life...
April 8, 2024: Nursing Standard
Helena De Rezende
Leadership is an essential skill in nursing and has a fundamental role in ensuring high-quality patient care and the effective functioning of healthcare systems. Effective nursing leadership is vital to support nursing teams as they negotiate the challenges confronting the profession, such as ageing populations and the increased use of healthcare technology. This article discusses various relational leadership styles that can be used to promote nurses' health and well-being and enhance productivity. The author also explores the benefits and challenges of implementing relational leadership in nursing...
April 2, 2024: Nursing Standard
Nicholas Woolfe Loftus, Vanna Navales, Tracey Bowden
Nurses may encounter deteriorating patients in their clinical practice, so they require an understanding of the early physiological signs of deterioration and a structured approach to patient assessment. This enables appropriate management and a timely response to the most life-threatening issues identified, such as a compromised airway. This article describes how nurses can use early warning scores and a structured patient assessment, using the ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) framework, to identify early signs of deterioration and facilitate the timely escalation of patient care where necessary...
March 25, 2024: Nursing Standard
Vicky Davies, Melanie Taylor
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) is particularly common in older people and is associated with various health conditions. Dysphagia affects an individual's ability to eat and drink, and can have a significant effect on their clinical outcomes and quality of life. This article explores ways in which nurses can support people with dysphagia to minimise the effects of the condition and enhance their quality of life. The authors examine the role of commonly used strategies such as dietary texture modification and thickened fluids that aim to optimise nutrition and hydration...
April 3, 2024: Nursing Standard
Charlotte Sear
Peripheral neuropathic pain is a complex condition that can adversely affect people's quality of life. Alongside pharmacological interventions, nurses can support patients to self-manage their pain using non-pharmacological interventions such as lifestyle changes and exercise. To do this effectively, nurses should be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathic pain and be able to educate patients on appropriate self-management approaches. It is important that nurses provide education, advice and information in a way that patients can understand and check this understanding...
April 3, 2024: Nursing Standard
Shirley Kirnon
Effective decontamination is a vital aspect of infection prevention and control, and has a crucial role in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Various decontamination methods can be used in healthcare settings to ensure that medical devices, equipment and the clinical environment are safe. It is essential for nurses and other healthcare staff to have adequate knowledge of the decontamination methods and infection prevention and control practices required to prevent HCAIs. This article discusses the most common HCAIs, decontamination methods that can be used, and relevant UK legislation, policies and guidance...
March 11, 2024: Nursing Standard
Kay Norman
Effective communication within nursing and multiprofessional healthcare teams is essential to promote patient safety. However, communication is a complex concept comprising various elements and variables that affect how messages are delivered, received and interpreted. In this article, the author explores communication within healthcare teams and provides some insight into the factors that affect team communication, such as interpersonal relationships. The author also explores organisational culture and cultural sensitivity, and discusses some evidence-based approaches to enhancing communication within healthcare teams...
March 4, 2024: Nursing Standard
Eleanor Squires, Lisa Whiting, Julia Petty
The effects of climate change, such as air pollution and extreme heat events, can adversely affect the physical and mental health of children and young people at all ages. This article explores the effects of climate change on children and young people's development and explains the effects of air pollution and heatwaves on their health. The article also discusses how children and young people are knowledgeable and concerned about the effects of climate change and can offer new perspectives on addressing these effects...
February 29, 2024: Nursing Standard
James Woodall, Louisa Morley
Inequalities in people's health due to economic or social circumstances remain a persistent challenge in the UK, with people from disadvantaged communities disproportionately likely to die earlier and experience more health issues than the general population. Health promotion has a vital role in reversing health inequalities and requires a focus on structural and political-level determinants of health, rather than individuals' lifestyle choices. However, while health promotion is a significant aspect of nurse education curricula, individual nurses may experience role confusion regarding the application of health promotion in their practice...
February 26, 2024: Nursing Standard
Matthew Wynn
The digital revolution has significantly altered healthcare, including communicable disease control, with online spaces emerging as vital tools in preventing, identifying and controlling the spread of diseases. However, healthcare professionals, including nurses, need to find a balance between harnessing the benefits of mass communication and mitigating the potentially harmful effects of online misinformation. This article explores the benefits and challenges of using online spaces such as social media platforms in the control of communicable diseases and discusses the potential use of telehealth in reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance...
February 19, 2024: Nursing Standard
Sara Morgan
The UK is experiencing a nursing shortage, making it challenging to maintain the staffing levels required to deliver effective patient care. One way of enhancing the care delivered by the existing workforce could be to optimise nurse productivity; however, previous efforts to do this have been largely ineffective, due in part to a focus on the processes of care delivery rather than the nursing activities within these processes. In this article, the author explores the concept of nurse productivity and suggests that enhancing productivity requires the identification of nursing activities and consideration of how these may be undertaken in a more time-efficient manner - or removed altogether...
February 12, 2024: Nursing Standard
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