COVID-19 Pandemic: The need to keep decision makers informed of the effects of restrictions on people living in Care Homes
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by rheale
2d ago
By Emily Pimm @PimmEmily The COVID-19 pandemic has been described as a very difficult and trying time by those who work in the Care Home environment. On reflection, for me as a nurse leader, it has been one of the most challenging experiences of my career. However, I’d like you to now consider how it must have felt for a person living in a care home, perhaps being in your last years of life, and being advised you must spend your time, in your room, alone. The Campaign to end loneliness project state that ‘Covid-19 had a clear and immediate impact on everyone’s ability to connect socially with ..read more
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Social Media and Healthcare Professionals – a new way of communicating?
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by EBailey
1w ago
Daring to utter the words ‘social media’ amongst a group of healthcare professionals can often prompt the same response as the infamous ‘q’ word*. Whilst pained sighs, words of concern or even just uncomfortable silences might be how we respond, are we turning our backs on possible answers to the known failures in communication across healthcare globally? Studies have shown that patients are turning to social media for advice and information about health [1-4]. Despite this, there are few healthcare professionals involved within social media, and even less research into the area. The impact t ..read more
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“Everything Is Palliative Which Is Not Curative”: Perceptions and a New Understanding of Incurable Cancer
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by rheale
2w ago
Hilde Buiting, PhD With Femke Botman, MSc, Patrick Brown, PhD, Vincent Ho, MSc, Gabe Sonke, MD, PhD Patients with incurable cancer often do not perceive themselves as “palliative”, a connotation they more commonly associate with impending death. Instead, these patients often prefer the word “chronic.” On the basis of nurses’ experiences we would like to initiate a new understanding of incurable cancer, partly due to new and better medication developments. Due to advances in anticancer therapies, a diagnosis of incurable cancer is no longer immediately associated with imminent death.1 Today, ma ..read more
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Sleep deprivation and its relationship with the development of postpartum psychosis
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by janewray
3w ago
By Lucy Flatley – Midwifery Lecturer, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds @lucycflatley and Lexi Ilgner-McEvoy – Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Postpartum mood disorders are of major clinical and public health concern in the United Kingdom, where suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. The most recent MBRRACE-UK report highlighted a statistically significant increase in maternal deaths from psychiatric causes1lthough postpartum psychosis is rare with an incidence estimated at 1-2 in 1000 births, it is a severe psychiatric disorder2,3,4. It is characterised b ..read more
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Nursing outside of the box: the work of British Sikh Nurses
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by rheale
1M ago
By Rohit Sagoo (@RohitSagoo) He is Chair of @NursesSikh Rohit Sagoo, senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and founder of British Sikh Nurses The stereotypical view of nurses is a uniformed nurse working in a hospital.  Though existing community nurses are also part of the role, grassroots outreach work with organic engagement with community organisations is an innovation beyond the hospital walls.  In 2016, British Sikh Nurses (BSN) was set up by its founder and director – Rohit Sagoo.  The organisation aimed to bridge the gap between the NHS and the hard-to-reach So ..read more
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A review of the cancer nursing and AHP workforce within a district general hospital
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by rheale
1M ago
Vicki Havercroft Dixon (@vjhavercroft), Lead Cancer Nurse – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar 2021/22 @FNightingaleF In May 2021 I was successful in starting the next part of my nursing leadership journey by commencing as a Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership scholar.  Then in September 2021, after nearly 25 years at the same trust, the scholarship gave me the confidence to look outside my comfort zone and I started as the Lead Cancer Nurse at a district general hospital (DGH); a trust which had been part of a merger 10 years previous ..read more
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The power of nurses to impact policy: An imperative
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by rheale
2M ago
Professor Julia Downing Chief Executive International Children’s Palliative Care Network and Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. As nurses, we are catalysts for change, and as the largest profession within the health service (1) we should have a strong voice, we are trusted bridge builders, we collaborate with others and we promote good health and well-being for all. However, at times our voice is not heard, we do not have ‘seats at the right tables’, and we are not able to impact policy, health service delivery, education and car ..read more
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Care Leavers – a hidden health inequality
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by rheale
2M ago
“Children and young people who grow up in care are up to four times more likely to suffer poor health 30 years later than those who grew up with their parents” (1) In 2020/21 there were 80,850 children who were looked after, and 28,440 entered care in that same year (2).  Children enter the care of the local authority for several reasons, but a constant is that a child experiences trauma due to being separated from their birth family and/or negative experiences.  Children in care are not a homogenous group, with many experiencing additional difficulties due to their background or ch ..read more
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The Professional Nurse Advocate
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by rheale
2M ago
In this week’s blog, Kate Wales (@Katewales20) and Emma Dillon (@EmmaDillonMH) share their thoughts on the experience of the Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) journey as a PNA graduate and PNA module leader. Kate works as  a National PNA and Supervision Lead for The Practice Plus Group and Emma is a senior lecturer at University of Northampton and member of the national PNA expert reference group. The Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) role was launched by NHS England in 2021. The Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May highlighted the need for nurses to be equipped to understand the demands of the ..read more
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Coaching for empowerment and self-management
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by lisakidd
2M ago
In this week’s blog, Anya De Iongh, an Occupational Therapist from NHS Ayrshire and Arran, United Kingdom reflects on the powerful role of coaching in encouraging shared decision making, empowerment and self-management and how health professionals can implement this in their practice. I recently saw a patient who clearly demonstrated some change talk, and was ready to start to take the first steps towards making a significant lifestyle change to lose some weight. They were asking what services could help them, which was an interesting way for services to be framed as the solution, when many ot ..read more
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