Jean White

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Conwy in Wales

Wales will welcome you with open arms

The country’s chief nursing officer explains the perks of working for the NHS in Wales

Priorities

Nursing and midwifery priorities for Wales over the next five years

Chief nursing officer Jean White discusses the Welsh Government’s plans for the nursing and midwifery professions.

Welsh_Staffing_Levels

Staffing levels law will empower frontline nurses

Chief nursing officer for Wales Jean White explains how the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act responds to changing healthcare needs

Bronchodilators: implications for nursing practice

Beta 2 -adrenoreceptor agonists are the most widely prescribed bronchodilators and are used for symptomatic control and as ‘rescue’ medication for people with asthma and other chronic conditions affecting the airways. The authors describe the clinical uses, mechanism of action and potential side effects of these agents, emphasising the nurse’s role in monitoring therapy.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: clinical issues

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac. They are widely prescribed to control pain and inflammation associated with disease or injury affecting joints and other tissues. The authors describe the clinical uses, mechanism of action and potential side effects. Paracetamol/acetaminophen is included in this discussion, although it is not an NSAID.

Moving branches

THE PROJECT 2000 initiative led to a number of radical changes in the educational preregistration programmes. Nurses now qualify with a higher education diploma in one of four branches, namely: adult; mental health; child; and learning disability. Since its introduction there has been much debate about the suitability of a generic common foundation programme (CFP) for all branches. Particular concerns have been expressed about the tendency for the CFP to be too adult orientated and there are calls for it to be shortened to 12 months (Jowett 1995).