Gary Jones

Corridor nursing

Corridor nursing is sadly not a new phenomenon

Even under extreme pressure, ‘trolley waits’ should be resisted

Physical health assessment

Do third-year mental health nursing students feel prepared to assess physical health?

Background The life expectancy for people with mental health issues is significantly lower than the general population, however, their physical health needs are often unrecognised by health professionals. Aim To investigate whether third-year mental health nursing students are clinically prepared to undertake a pre-defined set of physical health checks. Method A 34-item questionnaire was completed by two cohorts of mental health nursing students in their third and final year. Participants self-reported on their competence to assess a range of physical health checks. 37 questionnaires were completed and analysed. Findings Three groups emerged: group 1 – 100% of students self-declared competence in assessments including temperature and pulse, group 2 – more than 50% of students self-declared competence in assessments including urinalysis and pulse oximetry, and group 3 – less than 50% of students self-declared competence in taking electrocardiograms and using the hydration assessment tool. Conclusion The student participants of this study were not adequately prepared to undertake a complete range of physical health assessments for people with mental health issues.

A&E

Letter: 20 years on we face the same crisis in emergency care

Gary Jones asks how much longer we must endure the annual prospect of winter pressures on emergency departments

A & E

Letter: 20 years on we face the same old crisis in emergency care

Gary Jones has a sense of deja view when it comes to the emergency care crisis

Measuring patient dependency in the emergency department

The Jones Dependency Tool can be used in emergency departments to improve patient care and identify the required staffing and skill mix. Using the tool, the nurse can accurately identify a patient’s specific nursing needs. The dependency tool is used to evaluate patients’ needs in six areas: communication; airway, breathing and circulation; mobility; eating, drinking, elimination and personal care; environmental safety, health and social needs; and triage. Appropriate nursing care can be tailored to the dependency level, depending on whether the dependency level is low, moderate, high or total dependency.

Towards a faculty of Emergency Nursing

Since its inception in 1972, the RCN A&E Nursing Association has been committed to developing the science and art of A&E nursing and has sought to represent the voice of A&E nurses.

Oxygen administration

Aim

The aim of this article is to increase the nurses' knowledge of the physiology of breathing and the importance of oxygen administration.