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.... > Read More
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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.... > Read More
Most workers don’t think about the cost of washing their work clothes, many see it as a necessary expense, the cost of maintaining those clothes is often balanced by the fact that they can be worn in a non-work environment. But for nurses, their job requires them to wear a specific uniform, which they’re extremely unlikely to wear outside work.... > Read More
The number of students enrolling on district nursing courses in England has increased dramatically, according to new research published by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).... > Read More
The number of healthcare assistants employed within the NHS has risen in accord with policies supporting the growth and increasing scope of practice of the assistant workforce. Healthcare assistants are a vital component of the community nursing team. This article presents an overview of findings of a National Institute for Health Research funded study into the roles of community nursing assistants (at bands 2, 3 and 4) working in community nursing provider organisations in England. The findings are based on national workforce data and the experiences and perceptions of senior managers, service leads and caseload holders, who employ or work directly with community nursing assistants to provide adult services nursing care.> Read More
Pain is experienced by many patients in primary and secondary care and the assessment of pain is a fundamental aspect of nursing. Community nurses need to possess a strong knowledge base to inform and advise their patients, this in turn enables them to help and empower their patients to effectively control pain with minimal side-effects. This two-part series on pain provides an update on the assessment and management of acute and chronic non-malignant pain. This first part of the series examines how community nurses can recognise and categorise pain and start to draw up a plan of care for the patient. The second part in this series will deal with the management of pain.> Read More
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