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QNIís Homeless Health Network Ė new report published

QNIís Homeless Health Network Ė new report published

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has announced publication of a new report, Homeless Health Network - National Survey Summary of Findings 2014.

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Infection Prevention 2014, SECC Glasgow, 29th September Ė 1st October 2014

Infection Prevention 2014, SECC Glasgow, 29th September Ė 1st October 2014

Following a hugely successful conference in London, Infection Prevention 2014 is coming to Glasgow. The conference will be held in the SECC from the 29th September to the 1st October 2014.

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National lymphoedema awareness week aims to increase understanding

National lymphoedema awareness week aims to increase understanding

National lymphoedema awareness week takes place from 15–22 September and aims to raise the profile of this chronic, progressive condition, which affects over 200,000 people of all ages in the UK and Ireland.

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Septemberís seasonal rise in asthma attacks for under 16s

Septemberís seasonal rise in asthma attacks for under 16s

Asthma UK urge parents to have an asthma action plan (http://www.asthma.org.uk/Shop/my-asthma-plans) in place as children return to school. For the past eight years, admissions for asthma attacks among young people have risen in September. This seasonal increase is attributed to colds and viruses, the possible anxiety around returning to school, high levels of environmental allergens in late summer and children not taking their preventer medicine regularly over the summer.

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Smoking and respiratory disease: the role of the community nurse

Smoking and respiratory disease: the role of the community nurse

The relationship between smoking and respiratory disease has long been established and smoking is recognised as a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Fletcher and Peto, 1977), lung cancer (Doll et al, 2004) and interstitial lung diseases (Bradley et al, 2008), as well as contributing to the symptoms of asthma (Siroux et al, 2000). However, when working with patients who have lived with their disease for some time, or who may feel it is too late to benefit from change, it is important to do more than simply reiterate the risks. The link between continued smoking, progression of respiratory disease, exacerbation of the condition and the detrimental effects of continued smoking on the efficacy of some treatments should also be communicated. This article looks at the risks of smoking, as well as providing guidance for community nurses on how to bring up the topic with their patients in a non-confrontational manner.

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District nurse student numbers on the up

District nurse student numbers on the up

Earlier this summer, the QNI repeated a study it first carried out last year measuring the number of district nursing specialist
practitioner programmes (SPQ) being offered by UK universities, and the number of district nurses qualifying this summer.

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