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Practice Development

Supporting newly qualified nurses into the world of work

30 May, 17 | by dibarrett

Jane Wray, Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull

Finishing university and starting employment is an exciting time for newly qualified nurses. It’s the beginning of what is generally a long, successful and exciting career within the profession. It can, however, also be a stressful or challenging time as they make the transition from student nurse to registered, fully autonomous practitioner. Newly qualified nurses can feel that they are unprepared for their new role and the demands made upon them (Feng and Tsai, 2012); this can lead to stress and dissatisfaction (Edwards et al. 2015), and some decide to leave the profession within a year of qualifying. This results in significant personal costs for individual nurses and has an impact upon employers, organisations and patients.

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Do you Choose Wisely?

20 Feb, 17 | by rheale

By Roberta Heale, Associate Editor BMJ @EBNursingBMJ  #ebnjc  @robertaheale

There is a growing trend for overuse of healthcare interventions, including prescriptions and treatments. Choosing Wisely is a global initiative with a mission to improve decision making between health care providers and patients and to decrease the use of unnecessary, or unwarranted tests and treatments. Choosing Wisely encourages discussion with patients related to the following five questions:

  1. Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?
  2. What are the risks or downsides?
  3. What are the possible side effects?
  4. Are there simpler, safer options?
  5. What will happen if I do nothing?

(see Choosing Wisely UK http://www.choosingwisely.co.uk/about-choosing-wisely-uk/)

Health care provider groups can participate in this initiative by developing lists of tests or treatments that are widely used, but have little or no supporting evidence. It isn’t only physician groups with concerns about unwarranted tests or treatments. Appropriate, evidence-based nursing care is essential to optimal patient outcomes and our care deserves evaluation. The Canadian Nurses Association recruited 12 participants to develop a list of nine nursing interventions that “Patients and Nurses Should Question”. Check them out here: http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/recommendations/nursing/

Choosing Wisely provides a systematic and positive platform for the critique of routine care and these processes have the potential to lead to better implementation of evidence into practice.

The importance of research about patient care

18 Apr, 16 | by josmith

By Roberta Heale, Associate Editor EBN

I am working on a number of research projects, but one that is currently taking the forefront is related to advance care planning. Advance care planning has been defined as an ongoing process of reflection, communication, and documentation of a person’s values and wishes for future health and personal care in the event that they become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment (Canadian Nurses Association, 2015). I, along with a group of researchers sent to a survey to nurse practitioners (NPs) to determine their beliefs, attitudes, and level implementation of ACP in their practice. We found that organizational culture had a significant impact on whether or not an NP implemented advance care planning discussions with her patients. Based on the findings of this study, NP Advance Care Planning Competencies were drafted. Using a modified Delphi approach, NPs are providing feedback and input to finalize the competencies.

Canadian Nurses Association. (2015). Joint position statement:The palliative approach to care and the role of the nurse. Ottawa: Canadian Nurses Association.

The Gift of Scholarship

25 Dec, 15 | by Gary Mitchell, Associate Editor

This December we have had the privilege of sharing a number of inspiring blogs from nurses and midwives.

In our #ebnjc blog series we have already celebrated children’s nursing; with blogs from Jayne Pentin, Kirsten Huby & Marcus Wootton, learning disability nursing; with blogs from Professor Ruth Northway, Jonathan Beebee & Amy Wixey, midwifery; with blogs from Louise Silverton CBE , Gina Novick & Lynsey Wilgaus and adult nursing from Clare McVeigh, Professor Roger Watson and Professor Jan Dewing.  

Today we are delighted to bring you a special Christmas Day message by Professor Elizabeth Robb from the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

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Click Here to Read Professor Elizabeth Robb’s Christmas Day Blog

Practice Development

23 Dec, 15 | by Gary Mitchell, Associate Editor

It’s week 4 of our #ebnjc December blog series and this week we celebrate the importance of research & scholarship in nursing with guest blogs from Clare McVeigh, Professor Roger Watson, Professor Jan Dewing & Professor Elizabeth Robb.

In our #ebnjc blog series we have already celebrated children’s nursing; with blogs from Jayne Pentin, Kirsten Huby & Marcus Wootton, learning disability nursing; with blogs from Professor Ruth Northway, Jonathan Beebee & Amy Wixey and midwifery; with blogs from Louise Silverton CBE , Gina Novick & Lynsey Wilgaus

This week Clare McVeigh and Professor Roger Watson have provided blogs and today we have the pleasure of sharing Professor Jan Dewing.  

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Click Here to Read Professor Jan Dewing’s Guest Blog

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