RCN development programme: transforming dementia care in hospitals – evaluation report – 21 May 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , , |

RCN development programme: transforming dementia care in hospitals – evaluation report – 21 May 2014

News release: Invest in nurse leaders to improve dementia care – RCN – 21 May 2014

“The RCN has today published a report into a major year-long programme which has highlighted the importance of investing in nurse leaders and dementia nurse specialists to improving dementia care.

The results of the programme, which was funded by the RCN Foundation, have been published at the Transforming Dementia Care in Hospitals conference.

The programme involved nine NHS trusts developing innovative ways to improve dementia care in hospitals – ranging from trust-wide education programmes, improving individualized care and supporting family carers.”

… continues on the site

 

 

Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on RCN development programme: transforming dementia care in hospitals – evaluation report – 21 May 2014 )

The management of waste from health, social and personal care – RCN – 17 April 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

The management of waste from health, social and personal care – RCN – 17 April 2014

News release: Better waste management benefits health organisations

“Supporting health care workers to classify waste appropriately can bring benefits to health organisations as well as the environment, according to new waste management guidance issued by the RCN.

Reflecting legislative changes and current forms of best practice, the guidance calls for a greater focus on the waste hierarchy and for more distinction to be made between different waste types.

The RCN is highlighting the need to risk assess all waste rather than simply labelling it infectious. It also argues for strengthening staff training on waste management and suggests that all organisations should consider appointing a dedicated waste manager.”

… continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on The management of waste from health, social and personal care – RCN – 17 April 2014 )

Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups – Royal College of Nursing Guidance – April 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , , |

Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups – Royal College of Nursing Guidance – April 2013

Extract from the background:

“In 2012 RCN Congress debated the issue of service redesign. The debate addressed the implications of redesign: the potential loss and fragmentation of specialist knowledge, expertise and staff, and the consequent effect on delivery of high quality services for vulnerable groups such as children, older people and those with learning disabilities or mental health conditions.

This document is designed to support RCN members engaged in service redesign to identify issues and mitigate against risks. While aimed primarily at nurses working with vulnerable groups, the core principles identified in this guidance may be helpful for any member going through any process of service redesign.

Although service redesign may be required to improve patient pathways, move care closer to home, maximise efficiency or centralise specialist services, it needs to be undertaken in the context of planned and managed networks of care which preserve the specialist knowledge, skills and expertise required. The RCN believes that the NHS needs systems in place to spread good practice and encourage real, well-planned service redesign and better collaboration between all organisations involved in delivering health and social care, rather than short-term, financially driven redesign.”

… continues

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups – Royal College of Nursing Guidance – April 2013 )

Ward rounds in medecine: Principles for best practice – Royal College of Nursing – 3 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , , |

Ward rounds in medecine: Principles for best practice – Royal College of Nursing – 3 October 2012

“The Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians are united in calling for ward rounds to be made the cornerstone of patient care. Medical ward rounds are complex clinical activities, critical to providing high-quality, safe care for patients in a timely, relevant manner. They have often been a neglected part of the planning and organisation of inpatient care. The current pressures of capacity and staffing levels mean that ward rounds happen while nurses, for example, are engaged in constant care delivery. The principles in the statement aim to address the common problems affecting the prominence of ward rounds and provide recommendations. Reinstating ward rounds will facilitate the delivery of compassionate care, enabling doctors and nurses to plan for care jointly.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Ward rounds in medecine: Principles for best practice – Royal College of Nursing – 3 October 2012 )

Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit – 3 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , |

Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit – 3 October 2012

“Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit provides a simple, practical way to explore nursing staff levels on older people’s wards, or wards where the large majority of patients are older people, and to determine whether they meet the RCN recommendations for safe care. It is based on the RCN recommendations in Safe staffing for older people’s wards (RCN, 2012). The toolkit can be used to support a review of staffing on hospital wards where older people are cared for. It can also be used to help address any associated leadership and workforce issues and provides guidance on developing an action plan that will identify how, and to whom, actions should be addressed. The Safe staffing for older people’s ward calculator (004 302) is featured as an appendix in this toolkit (this is also available as a standalone resource).”

Safe staffing for older people’s wards calculator – RCN – 4 October 2012

“This calculator is a visual accompaniment to Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit (004 301). It is a simple, practical way to explore nursing staff levels on older people’s wards, or wards where the large majority of patients are older people, and to determine whether they meet the RCN recommendations for safe care. These recommendations are set out in Safe staffing for older people’s ward: RCN full report and recommendations (004 280).”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit – 3 October 2012 )

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice – Royal College of Nursing – 25 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice – Royal College of Nursing – 25 November 2011

“The Royal College of Nursing has developed this guidance to help nurse leaders and our members make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role. The guidance looks at the evidence nurse leaders need to complete the business case and is underpinned by the RCN definition of supervisory practice. The publication contains helpful and practical steps for making an effective case to ensure ward sisters and team leaders have dedicated time for improving the quality of care experienced by service users and patients.”

Publication code: 004 188

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice – Royal College of Nursing – 25 November 2011 )

Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Infection Control, Nursing, Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011
 
Publication code: 004 135   ISBN: 978-1-906633-90-5

Abstract:

“The RCN has a long history of campaigning on improved protection for nurses and other health care professionals exposed to the risk of needlestick and other sharps injuries. This guidance has been developed primarily for RCN safety representatives, but other members of the nursing team with a role in infection prevention and control of sharps injuries may also find it useful. The guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It also includes information on preparing your organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and it details what employers should be doing to comply with the directive and minimise the risk of sharps injuries. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011 )

When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death – Royal College of Nursing – 19 October 2011

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: , |

When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death – Royal College of Nursing – 19 October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-906633-86-8

“Abstract
Assisted suicide generates debate on a variety of levels – ethical, moral, religious, spiritual, political, cultural, psychological, professional and legal. It is an issue that affects the nursing workforce, both as individuals and as health professionals. Most people who are approaching the end of their lives in the UK do not ask a health professional to hasten their death, but a minority of individuals do express a readiness or desire to die. Nurses and health care assistants (HCAs) are often the members of staff that patients, and their families and carers, feel comfortable enough to approach and express a desire to actively hasten death. However, such requests can provoke concern for nurses and HCAs as they determine how best to respond professionally and compassionately and continue to support patients in their ongoing care. This guidance has been developed to support nurses, HCAs, and other health professionals in adult practice who may be asked by patients, or their families or carers, to become involved in assisting suicide. It covers the law on assisted suicide in the UK, as well as the law on advance decisions. The publication includes information on when and why people express a wish to die and guidance on professional accountability and end of life care, with frequently asked questions to help health professionals respond in such circumstances. It also includes details of further resources available to improve end of life care practice.”

Press release

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death – Royal College of Nursing – 19 October 2011 )

Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people. RCN guidance for children’s nurses and nurses working with children and young people – 2011

Posted on September 16, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people. RCN guidance for children’s nurses and nurses working with children and young people – 2011

Extract from the introduction

“The assessment,measurement and monitoring of vital signs are important basic skills for all practitioners working with infants, children and young people.This guidance applies to health care professionals who work in acute settings as well as practitioners who work in GP surgeries,walk-in clinics,NHS 24 and NHS Direct, schools and other community settings (Cook and Montgomery, 2006).The vital signs included in this document are temperature, heart/pulse rate, respiratory rate and effort, blood pressure, pain assessment and level of consciousness. Important information gained by assessing and measuring these vital signs can be indicators of health and ill health.However,we believe they should not be performed in isolation to the broader observation and assessment of the infant, child or young person.”  … continues

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Who will care? Protecting employment for older nurses – Royal College of Nursing – 19 July 2011

Posted on August 10, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Who will care? Protecting employment for older nurses – Royal College of Nursing – 19 July 2011
Abstract:
It is well documented that the UK has an ageing population. The consequent increase in chronic and long-term conditions and the increased focus on a preventative approach to public health will change the demands for health care. The provision of high quality health care will be increasingly important in the future and nursing is vital in meeting this need. This guidance provides information for RCN representatives and officers to help them influence health and social care employers to apply good practice in the effective management of the older nursing workforce. It includes details on the changes in the nursing workforce demographic, the employment needs of older nurses, stereotypical assumptions that build barriers to their continuing in work, influencing employers and discrimination legislation. There is also a detailed section on sources of further information. This is published alongside Who will care? Nurses in the later stages of their careers (publication code 004 126, web only) which provides insightful information on employment patterns, preferences and needs, retirement decisions and the motivations of the older nursing workforce.

Who will care? Nurses in the later stages of their careers – Royal College of Nursing – 19 July 2011
Abstract:
The UK’s ageing population will place mounting challenges on the NHS and other health and social care providers, both in terms of the amount and kind of services provided and the workforce supply. In 2008, around one in three nurses were over 50 compared to just one in five in 1997. Greater reliance on older nurses in delivering nursing care means that it will be increasingly important to pay attention to the needs of older nurses. Over the next decade, key policy considerations will need to address such issues as the retention and motivation of older nurses and the extent to which nurses work beyond their retirement age. This research provides vital information about the employment patterns, preferences and retirement decisions of nurses approaching retirement age. The older nursing workforce shares many of the characteristics and employment requirements of their younger colleagues, yet they also have specific needs. This means an emphasis on support for continuing professional development, policies that enable a work-life balance, involvement and engagement in decision-making, as well as specific policies which positively acknowledge and value older nurses’ experience. This report is published alongside Who will care? Protecting employment for older nurses (publication code 003 849, web only) which provides information and advice on good practice management of the older nursing workforce.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Transferring children to and from theatre. RCN position statement and guidance for good practice – Royal College of Nursing – 21 July 2011

Posted on August 10, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Surgery | Tags: |

Transferring children to and from theatre. RCN position statement and guidance for good practice – Royal College of Nursing – 21 July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-906633-77-6

“Abstract:
Undergoing surgery can be a very stressful time for a child and their family. It is well recognised that family involvement reduces anxiety, for example, a family member accompanying the child to the anaesthetic room and being in the recovery area when the child wakes up. The results of a study by the RCN Children’s Surgical Nursing Forum highlighted an absence of standards for the transfer of children to and from the operating theatre. This publication aims to support health care staff to develop locally agreed guidelines for the assessment and management of children and young people being transferred between hospital departments, ensuring they are safely transferred to and from theatre.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The RCN’s UK position on health visiting in the early years – Royal College of Nursing – 5 July 2011

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Community Services, Nursing | Tags: , |

The RCN’s UK position on health visiting in the early years – Royal College of Nursing – 5 July 2011

Media release

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Pillars of the community: the RCN’s UK position on the development of the registered nursing workforce in the community – August 2010

Posted on August 28, 2010. Filed under: Community Services, Nursing | Tags: |

Pillars of the community: the RCN’s UK position on the development of the registered nursing workforce in the community – August 2010

This policy statement highlights 27 core conditions that the Royal College of Nursing believes should be satisfied for community services to survive and develop as more care is delivered closer to home, while helping health services throughout the UK to become more efficient.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...