Monday, June 29, 2015

New duty of candour guidance for nursing staff (RCN UK)

Joint guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), published today, sets out professional standards on what nursing staff in the UK should do if something goes wrong during patient care.
The standards in Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of candour promote openness and honesty with patients, colleagues and employers in instances where something has gone wrong.
Providing face-to-face explanations and apologies to the patient or a member of their family, and raising concerns with colleagues and employers are behaviours encouraged in the standards.
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Shift-work study finds eating at night elevates blood sugar

You've probably heard the old saying, "you are what you eat," but new research shows it's not only what we eat but when we eat.
A new study out of Boston has particular importance for shift workers - or those who work through the night.
Second cousins Amy Hill and Suzie Irons have a lot in common. Both are registered nurses, both are mothers and both work the night shift.
"It is extremely tough," said Amy Hill, a registered nurse. "I wouldn't be doing it unless I had to."
Working nights is extremely tough on the body. Researchers have long known that shift workers have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, and a new study from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital may explain why.
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Delegation Tips for Nurses

Delegation is a tough thing to master as a new nurse.  While the NCLEX tells you which tasks are appropriate to delegate, it doesn’t exactly outline how to go about doing it.
I realize that not all units have certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or patient care technicians (techs), but many do.  This post is for those of you that are faced with this particular challenge.
While you may have mastered it on the unit that you work on, if you transfer to another hospital or even a different unit within your same facility, it’s like you’re starting all over again.
I think delegation is tough because you’re a new person walking onto a unit, becoming part of a team, but you have to delegate various tasks to people that have been on the unit for years.  Some have been informal leaders on the unit for decades.  And let’s be honest, it can be tough to be told what to do by people you just met.  You don’t trust them yet, you don’t know them, you don’t know if they’re good at their job.  While that doesn’t excuse not doing what you should, I get it.
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Health Products Regulatory Authority Drug Safety Newsletter

Please click here to see the Health Products Regulatory Authority Drug Safety Newsletter 68th edition.

Masters by research: Integrating a Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics in practice

Tralee Institute of Technology is offering  a registered nurse/midwife the opportunity to engage in research and to explore strategies to help integrate the recently revised Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives in the care setting.
The project allows a registered nurse/midwife to undertake research while pursuing a Masters qualification. Following successful interview, the candidate will implement the study under the supervision and guidance of the research team and will be facilitated to develop advanced research skills through the postgraduate research programme.

Market research survey of Irish attitudes to health and well-being

The 2015 Pfizer Health Index is the 10th edition of the report, detailing the findings of a nationally representative quantitative market research survey of Irish attitudes to health and well-being. The latest publication looks back over the trends in Ireland over the past decade and looks to the possible future of healthcare and technology in Ireland

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Davis Autism Approach

Davis Autism to Autism is a three-part program:
Firstly:  Individuation - Creating an awareness of self.
Secondly: Identity Development  - Exploring ‘life’s natural lessons'..
Thirdly: Social Integration - Relationship Concepts

Health chief slams statins

LEADING doctors are demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statins, warning that one in four Britons will soon be at risk of terrible side effects from the controversial heart drugs.

Function medicine: Ireland

Being healthy in the 21st century is not just about avoiding disease. While we clearly don't want to get sick, a healthy lifestyle also means the active pursuit of wellness. As defined by the World Health Organization, this is "a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity".
We want to be our best-possible healthy selves and we're willing to do what we can to make that happen, whether that's through working at lowering our stress levels, being mindful or following particular dietary plans.

First Case Study to Show Direct Link Between Alzheimer’s and Aluminum Toxicity

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson's disease.
However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish due toth the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific evidence really leaves little room for doubt.

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