Elaine Cole

RCNi

How my 23-weeker and I were saved by trusting our nurses and doctors

Surviving the nerve-wracking ordeal of watching your child fight for life can depend on the culture behind their care, says Elaine Cole

RCNi

Care homes to be reviewed on Trip Advisor-style website

The website Think about me: the Good Care Guide gives care home providers the chance to read and respond to feedback from relatives and residents

Nursing Standard

Honest, open and non-judgemental health care

The cliniQ service is offering trans and non-binary people health care with dignity, writes Elaine Cole.

RCNi

Rapid turnover of nurse directors is undermining drive to improve safety

One in four NHS trust chief nurses has been in post for less than a year

RCNi

We need more nurses to ensure patients have ‘a good death’

A lack of nursing staff is not only unsafe, but prevents everyone receiving optimum care at the end of life, says Elaine Cole

Nursing Standard

Wound closure using adhesive strips

This article outlines the use of adhesive strips which may be suitable for closing many superficial wounds, pre-tibial lacerations and surgical wounds requiring support.

Nursing Standard

Measuring central venous pressure

Central venous pressure measurement is often associated with intensive and critical care settings. However, with increasing numbers of critically ill patients being cared for on medical and surgical wards, it is essential that nursing staff are able to record central venous pressure measurement accurately and recognise normal and abnormal parameters as highlighted in this article.

Nursing Standard

Assessment of the patient with acute abdominal pain

Abdominal pain has many causes, from simple to complex presentations. Patients with abdominal pain may have a number of physiological and psychological needs. Nurses have a key role to play in patient assessment, history taking and management.

Nursing Standard

Assessment of the patient with acute abdominal pain

Abdominal pain has many causes, from simple to complex presentations. Patients with abdominal pain may have a number of physiological and psychological needs. Nurses have a key role to play in patient assessment, history taking and management.

Emergency Nurse

Human factors in emergency care: the need for team resource management

Working in emergency departments has never been more stressful than it is nowadays. The number of annual attendances continues to rise, as the pressures on trusts to meet government targets increases. Meanwhile, the link between these targets and trusts’ star ratings has placed emergency departments in the media spotlight, and never has this spotlight been so intense as now.

Nursing Standard

Techniques for acute wound closure

This article provides an overview of the assessment and management of the common types of acute wound that frequently present to accident and emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres, and which require closure.

Nursing Standard

Assessment and management of the trauma patient

Emergency nurses need to be able to assess and manage trauma patients wherever they work and regardless of the number of staff working with them. This article describes systematic nursing assessment of patients who have sustained traumatic injuries.

Emergency Nurse

Cranial nerve damage

Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) are considered integral to multidisciplinary teams working in A&E. The training these nurses receive is underpinned by a medical model so, in relation to practice, there is considerable blurring of professional boundaries between ENPs and doctors (Nolan 1995, Washbourne and Cox 2002).

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