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‘As nurses we are our patients’ advocates’

On one of my shifts I was looking after a patient who had been admitted the afternoon before. During handover the night nurse reported that the patient seemed confused, agitated, anxious and was not compliant with being turned. As the shift went on, the patient…

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New resource for community nurses on responding to ‘long Covid’

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has published a resource for community nurses caring for patients with ongoing symptoms of Covid-19. The resource was led and developed by community and primary care nurses and builds on a range of experts’ experience of dealing with patients with so-called…

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Disruption from no-deal Brexit ‘last thing NHS needs’, PM warned

Prime minister Boris Johnson must extend the Brexit transition period or risk plunging the NHS into chaos on 1 January, NHS leaders have warned. The warning comes in a letter to Mr Johnson from the NHS Confederation, which represents NHS leaders from all parts of…

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Survey reveals pressures faced by health visitors since Covid-19

Stretched health visitors in England have been left at “breaking point” in the year of Covid-19 amid soaring rates of domestic abuse, poverty and neglect among families, a new survey reveals. The Institute of Health Visiting said it was now clear that more families had…

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CNOs lead seasonal tributes to nurses after year of Covid-19

Nursing leaders from across the UK have offered extra poignant seasonal messages of thanks to the profession for their efforts and sacrifices in the year of Covid-19 and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. They also highlighted the launch of the coronavirus immunisation…

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Scotland announces appointment of new chief nursing officer

The Scottish Government has named Professor Amanda Croft as the country’s next chief nursing officer. Qualifying as a registered nurse in 1992, Professor Croft (pictured above) went on to become the director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and then chief executive at NHS…

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Trust uses funds raised by Captain Tom to create staff ‘recharge hubs’

An NHS trust has opened two new dedicated “recharge hubs” to give staff a quiet space to take a break, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore and others earlier in the year. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been…

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‘Tackling loneliness from a safe distance’

Health professionals see an array of illnesses, disabilities and comorbidities, some more visible than others. However, there is one comorbidity that is silently dominating a lot of our patient’s lives without us really seeing it. Loneliness can affect anyone of any age but loneliness in…

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Investigation into NG tube errors calls for ‘standardised staff training’

An investigation into the incorrect placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes found there was “no systemic barriers” to prevent this from happening and that action was needed to improve staff competency training. Hospital staff informing the inquiry also said that guidance on the insertion of NG…

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Tighter Covid-19 rules backed as ‘right’ move by NHS leadership bodies

Organisations representing health service leaders have described the further Covid-19 restrictions announced by the prime minister today as a “tough but necessary decision”. Responding to the prime minister’s announcement of further Covid-19 restrictions, the bodies NHS Employers and NHS Providers both highlighted the pressure trusts…

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