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Top 5 loans

Have you read any of these?  Last week the top 5 most popular books on loan were:

  • Making sense of the ECG
  • Assessment, Supervision and support in clinical practice
  • Clinical supervision in learning and mentorship in nursing
  • Achieving evidence based practice: a handbook for practitioners
  • Palliative care – the nurses role

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NICE guidance for ward staffing

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards

NICE has published new guidance for ‘red flag events’ where nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that ward.

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Nurse Recruitment Day

Saturday 14 June

Aspiring nurses will be getting together in The Staff Library at East Cheshire Trust for a Nurse Recruitment Day this Saturday. Look out for information from the library on how we can help new students get a head start in their new career.

 

Website to watch

primarycare_protocolsFor staff working in primary care a website called PRIMARY CARE PROTOCOLS may be of interest.

It’s target audience includes practice managers, district nurse teams, clinic nurses, GPs – anyone involved in governance and setting protocols.

Extract from the site  

“Primary Care Protocols is a website which aids collaborative development of protocols to aid managers and clinicians working within the NHS. By using an innovative approach we are able to allow our users to collaborate in an online environment to work together to develop gold standard protocols.”

Some recent protocols include:

For more information please visit Primary Care Protocols

 

Leadership course for frontline nurses and midwives

A new eight-day leadership course is helping front-line staff become better role models for their colleagues and provide excellent patient care across primary, community and secondary healthcare settings.

Around 1,200 nurses and midwives should complete the course, developed and delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy, by March 2014.

The programme focuses on the approach and behaviours of frontline nurses and midwives with leadership responsibilities, such as team leaders, ward sisters and supervisors, and the environment they create for their colleagues and patients.  It was developed with input from nursing and midwifery leaders from across the country.

In October 2012, the Government pledged £46m toward NHE leadership development in the name of better patient care.

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Equality of employment opportunities for nurses at the point of qualification

An exploratory study
by Ruth Harris Ann Ooms Robert Grant Sylvie Marshall-Lucette Christine Sek Fun Chu Jane Sayer Linda Burke

Published online 09 November 2012.

Background

Securing employment after qualification is of utmost importance to newly qualified nurses to consolidate knowledge and skills. The factors that influence success in gaining this first post are not known.

Objectives

The study aimed to describe the first post gained after qualification in terms of setting, nature of employment contract and geographical distribution and explore the relationship between a range of factors (including ethnicity) and employment at the point of qualification.

Design

An exploratory study using structured questionnaires and secondary analysis of data routinely collected by the universities about students and their progress during their course.

Settings

The study was conducted in eight universities within a large, multicultural city in the UK as part of the ‘Readiness for Work’ research programme.

Participants

Eight hundred and four newly qualified nurses who had successfully completed a diploma or degree from one of the universities; a response rate of 77% representing 49% of all graduating students in the study population.

Methods

Data were collected by self-completed semi-structured questionnaires administered to students at the time of qualification and at three months post-qualification. Routinely collected data from the universities were also collected.

Results

Fifty two percent of participants had been offered a job at the point of qualification (85% of those who had applied and been interviewed). Of these, 99% had been offered a nursing post, 88% in the city studied, 67% in the healthcare setting where they had completed a course placement. 44% felt “confident” and 32% “very confident” about their employment prospects. Predictors of employment success included ethnicity, specialty of nursing and university attended. Predictors of confidence and preparedness for job seeking included ethnicity, nursing specialty, gender and grade of degree. Newly qualified nurses from non-White/British ethnic groups were less likely to get a job and feel confident about and prepared for job seeking.

Conclusions

This study has demonstrated that ethnicity does lead to employment disadvantage for newly qualified nurses. This is an important contribution towards recognizing and describing the evidence so that appropriate responses and interventions can be developed. It is important that universities and healthcare institutions work closely together to support students at this important time in their nursing career.

News from Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The code: standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives

This code sets out a foundation for good nursing and midwifery practice, and will act as a key tool in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public.

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing

Department of Health

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing
This vision and service model builds on ‘Compassion in practice’, the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff. It was developed by a strategic partnership of the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, alongside district nurse leaders and practitioners. It sets out the foundations of district nursing services, the developments and innovations that ensure services can meet current and future needs, and the district nurse-led team contribution to providing care and support in the community, including peoples’ homes. It aims to be a resource for those designing and providing local community health services, including nurse leaders, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, and others with an interest in developing integrated care for older people.

AQuA – June issue


AQuA News
Latest AQuA News. Issue 19: June 2012 
Inside this edition you will find some of the following: 


– AQuA Launches Learning Set for Shared Decision Making
– Don’t miss AQuA’s Annual General Meeting
– This year’s Clinical Leaders Network/AQuA Steve Henderson Award Winner Announced
– Launch of the AQuA Mental Health ‘Harmfree’care Programme
– Blackpool shows how it is Advancing Quality in Heart Failure Care
Link to full details…

Continue reading ‘AQuA – June issue’

Online survey of NHS health professionals 2012

From The King’s Fund

This joint union survey is asking RCN members working in the NHS about their views on pay and working conditions. The findings will be used to help inform the RCN’s next submission to the NHS Pay Review Body, which makes recommendations to the Government on the level of pay and pay-related terms and conditions for NHS staff. The survey closes on Friday 8th June 2012.

NHS Networks: Comment

 
Patients are being put at risk by healthcare assistants who have been asked to take on tasks for which they have not been properly trained, nurses have warned.   Please feel free to comment on this post.  What do you think?

NHS Networks: Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – lone working

RCN lone working survey 2011 This survey finds that over 60 per cent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to abuse in the past two years. The RCN is calling on employers to do all they can to protect their nursing staff and is urging all lone working nurses to consider the risks and act with caution at all times.

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