Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.
Nursing Now and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, offer new opportunities
How quality improvement programmes can be implemented successfully in your clinical area
The value of a workplace culture that supports women experiencing menopausal symptoms
Antrim Area HEWS has advanced the Northern Irish trust’s management of site-level pressure
Public perceptions of the acceptability of nurses’ online behaviours and e-professionalism
A study explored the use of instant messaging in continuing education for nurses and midwives
Advanced clinical practice roles help fill gaps in care provision and improve consistency
Implementation and lessons learned from a US project carried out over eight years
Internationally educated nurses (IENs) require robust teaching programmes to support them through the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) process to gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. There should be measures in place to support these nurses from a clinical and pastoral perspective. It is also important to learn from IENs, because moving to a different country is an emotional and life-changing experience that affects nurses and their families. Preparation is central to completing the programme successfully, alongside having the resources required in terms of time and a dedicated facility for practise. This article describes the development and implementation of an OSCE preparation teaching programme to support IENs, discusses the challenges for teachers and participants, and shows how having a dedicated facility and programme lead has led to excellent results.
NHS regulators, such as NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission, promote staff involvement in quality improvement (QI), while national nursing leaders and the Nursing and Midwifery Council advocate nurses’ involvement in improving services. This article critically explores the evidence base for a national nursing strategy to involve nurses in QI using a literature review. A thematic analysis shows that nurse involvement in QI has several positive outcomes, which are also included in the NHS Improvement’s Single Oversight Framework for NHS Providers. The article concludes that nurse involvement in QI helps improve hospital performance.
A qualitative insight from newly qualified nurses
Using technology to engage with patients can be as valuable as face-to-face interaction