Nicola Davies

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Older people in nursing homes are vulnerable to delirium, a condition causing confusion

Management of cardiac arrest following blunt trauma: a critical evaluation of resuscitative thoracotomy

Management of cardiac arrest following blunt trauma

A critical evaluation of resuscitative thoracotomy

Super switch

Super-switching: How to master the art of multitasking

Juggling duties may hinder productivity, but for nurses it's often the only choice

Myocardial Infarction

Treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction

Treatment of patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has moved from thrombolysis to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) over the past 20 years. This is a result of evidence that the latter has superior long-term benefits for patients. However, there is little research on whether patients who present after the mandated time of less than 120 minutes from onset of signs and symptoms could benefit from primary thrombolysis followed by rescue percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), referred to here as angiography. This article, which includes a case study, describes the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, acute coronary syndrome, and STEMI, and examines some of the literature that compares primary PCI to thrombolysis followed by angiography. It also highlights gaps in research, and encourages practitioners to consider administering thrombolysis to patients who do not present within 120 minutes of the onset of signs and symptoms of STEMI.

Student life - Stay fit to make the grade

Nicola Davies on ways nursing students can keep mentally healthy to ensure their demanding course is less stressful

Student life - How to find a career path that suits you

What type of nurse do you want to be? Do you want to specialise? There are many disciplines to choose from when deciding your future. Here’s a few ways to help you shape your career path.

Putting theory into practice

Student life - Putting theory into practice every day

One of the most effective ways to cement your learning and hone your nursing skills is through living your nursing knowledge. Here are some tips on how to use your nursing knowledge in everyday life.

Failure is an option

Learn from you mistakes and you'll be soon bounce back - read on to find out how.

Student life - How to get the best from mentoring

Every nursing student needs a mentor – someone who can be a practical teacher, guide and role model. But students also need to do their part to get the most out of the relationship.

Making the trial run

Better approaches to screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease are made possible by the research findings from clinical trials.

Five steps to work happiness

Most of us have an ideal job in mind, but many also feel we will have to jump through lots of hoops to get there. Get out of the ‘just another job’ mentality and into your ‘calling’. After all, a job should be more than just a way to pay the bills.

The right rewards

Rewards are an effective way of persuading people to change their behaviour.

Don’t lose sight of the finish

If you’ve embarked on an exciting new goal but the enthusiasm you felt at the beginning has...

Prepare to succeed

Nurses are increasingly required to give presentations, whether in front of their class, to...

A crash course in grief

Many nurses feel ill-equipped to help patients and families deal with loss. Nicola Davies...

Student life - How to foster better care for older people

By 2035, 16.9 million people in the UK will be over 65, according to the latest projections...

Student life - It pays to maximise your learning power

There are two kinds of learning: passive and active.

Managing emotions at work

Every nurse is taught during training to put their emotions to one side when making...