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Health visitors: number of home visits should increase to eight, charity recommends

Institute of Health Visiting also advises focusing on 15 ‘high impact areas’ of care

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Sepsis Six update emphasises importance of early intervention by a senior clinician

Find out how revised tool helps you escalate concerns if you suspect a patient has sepsis

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Hospitals in England urged to reduce plastic consumption by 100 million items

Straws, cups and cutlery are targeted by NHS England head Simon Stevens

The NMC will pilot its fitness to practise Careline support service for 12 months

NMC reveals its new fitness to practise support service

Regulator pilots 24-hour emotional support line for registrants undergoing FtP proceedings

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Curbing childhood obesity: investment in school nurses and health visitors is key – RCN

Public health warning as chief medical officer calls for snacking ban on public transport

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Northern Ireland pay dispute: nurses vote on industrial action – including a strike

RCN warns that staff could leave to work elsewhere if wage disparity remains unresolved

Analysis

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Flu jab: every nurse’s moral duty, or no one’s business but yours?

Strong views on mandatory staff vaccination show opinion in the profession is polarised

Illustration shows worried nurse treading a fine line

Clinical negligence: the accusation no nurse ever wants to face

NHS staff are insured by their employers, but elsewhere nurse indemnity is less clear-cut

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When and how to talk to a patient about their diet and lifestyle

Health promotion is an NMC requirement, but discussing weight can be difficult for nurses

Liam Barnes and Jenifer Hawkins

In Laura’s name: the charity that aims to prevent suicide among nurses

The Laura Hyde Foundation campaigns for better mental health support for healthcare staff

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NHS must persuade nurses to return to practice – and get better at keeping staff too

Strategies to lure lapsed registrants back need to be matched by changes in the workplace

Stockpiling medicines

If Brexit brings medicine shortages, how will nurses allay patients’ fears?

What you can do to reassure patients who are concerned about their prescriptions

Clinical update

If picked up and treated early a sepsis diagnosis outcome can be positive

Sepsis Six update: the important changes every nurse needs to know about

UK Sepsis Trust reviews first step in its screening and management tool

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Hypertension: the latest NICE guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has updated its hypertension guidance

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Asthma management: how nurses can help prevent attacks

Update from the British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

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Iron deficiency anaemia in adults: what to look for and the questions to ask

RCN guidance sets out the information nurses need to identify and manage patients with IDA

NICE guidance addresses wound cleaning

Preventing and treating surgical site infections: what nurses need to know

Updated NICE guidance deals with antiseptic skin preparation, antibiotics and wound closure

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Updated Lyme disease guidance: what nurses need to know

NICE guidelines say erythema migrans rash should prompt diagnosis without a blood test

Policy briefing

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Image representing section of brain showing area of focal seizure, overlaid with EEG. New guidelines have been issued on training carers in first-line emergency treatment for epileptic seizures in the community.

Guidance on training carers to treat epileptic seizures

Guidance on training carers in emergency treatment for an epileptic seizure in the community

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Prevention is vital in reducing harm from falls

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents issues national accident prevention strategy for England

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Improving care for patients who have catheters

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

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NHS Improvement guidance calls for consistent approach to pressure ulcer definition and...

Guidance calls for the 72-hour rule for pressure ulcers to be scrapped

Research news

Picture shows a 3D illustration of herpes viruses and antibodies. Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Vital role for nurses in shingles vaccination uptake

Nurses play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine targeting people over 70

Picture show model depicting depressed young mother holding a baby. Support such as listening visits by health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved.

Better mental health support needed for new mums

Support from health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved

Picture shows a foot affected by gout. Most patients treated by nurses for gout were more satisfied, had greater knowledge, stuck to their medication and had fewer flares than those treated by a GP.

Gout treatment from nurse preferred to GP

Most patients treated by nurses for gout were more satisfied than those treated by a GP

Nurse consultations raise quality of outcomes in general practice

Consultations by general practice nurses improve outcomes, but not patient satisfaction

Nurses want better guidance on preventing liver disease

Practice nurses felt they had insufficient guidance in clinics on liver damage

Health visitors fear loss of rapport by asking parents about infant nutrition

Transition nutrition data from child health records could be beneficial in health promotion

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Assessing patients for intermittent self-catheterisation

Study looked at types of catheter available for intermittent use

Clinical presentation of scabies in older care home residents differs from classic...

Prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten care homes for older people

Anticoagulant

Study advocates continued use of anticoagulants in patients with resolved atrial...

Treatment with anticoagulants reduces risk of stroke by two thirds

Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Sharing surveillance of infectious diseases could reduce use of antibiotics

International study found diagnoses improved through shared use of surveillance systems

Vitamin D

Higher vitamin D level associated with lower risk of total cancer

Japanese study suggests beneficial effects for prevention of cancer in all sites

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