Helping Older People with End Stage Kidney Disease make Decisions about Treatment

Dr Helen Noble, Lecturer & Clare Carswell, Undergraduate mental health nursing student, Queens University Belfast There are at least 59,000 adult patients receiving renal replacement therapy to treat end stage kidney disease (ESKD) in the United Kingdom. In addition there are over 1.8 million people being treated globally – 77% treated with chronic dialysis and […]

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Managing pain in children: How far have we come in the past 20 years? Where do we need to get to?

In October it was 20 years since the first Pediatric Pain Letter (http://childpain.org/ppl/) was published. Over the years this publication has disseminated a huge about of information about pain in children. Despite this, and other work in the area, children continue to experience unrelieved moderate to severe pain while in hospital (Kozlowski et al. 2014, […]

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Clinical academic roles: Some reflections on the benefits, the challenges and the next steps

Clinical academics make an invaluable contribution to healthcare yet it is estimated that only 0.1% of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) workforce are currently in these roles. The absence of a clear clinical academic pathway has been a barrier to NMAHP pursuing these roles (Coombs et al., 2012). Earlier this month the […]

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Fields of nursing: do we need them, what should they be and when should nurses choose theirs?

Dr David Barrett, Director of Pre-Registration Nurse Education, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull One of the perennial issues faced by nurse education and the nursing workforce is the formalisation of different categories of Registered Nurse. Whether called ‘fields’, ‘branches’ or ‘specialties’, there is continual discussion about what constitutes a standalone area […]

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Arts in Renal Care: creatively impacting healthcare and education.

This week’s EBN Twitter Chat is on Wednesday 19th October between 8-9 pm (BST) and will be hosted by Dr Helen Noble (@helnoble) lecturer in Health Services Research, Queens University Belfast. Participating in the Twitter chat requires a Twitter account; if you do not already have one you can create an account at www.twitter.com. Once you have […]

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Degree level education in nursing – time to move the discussion on.

Dr David Barrett, Director of Pre-Registration Nurse Education, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull There is now an established body of evidence that in any given clinical setting, the greater the proportion of Registered Nurses (RNs) with graduate-level education, the better the patient outcomes. In one of the most far-reaching, comprehensive and […]

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Finding a way through the woods: Equipping student nurses with evidence appraisal skills

Dr David Barrett, Director of Pre-Registration Nurse Education, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull The place of research-mindedness and evidence appraisal in pre-registration nursing curricula has been the subject of much debate and scrutiny over the decades. Though there has long been recognition that care should be evidence-based, providing student nurses with […]

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Simulation: Experiential, Safe Learning in Healthcare

Dr Ian Walsh, @Bigianbo – Queen’s University Belfast, School of Medicine i.walsh@qub.ac.uk Simulation is encountered increasingly in healthcare education, throughout both undergraduate and postgraduate arenas. Particularly in key areas such as patient safety, it has evolved significantly from simulated clinical tasks deploying high fidelity manikins to replication of complex clinical scenarios addressing nontechnical skill issues such […]

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Dignity in palliative care across the lifespan

Dr Alison Rodriguez, Lecturer Child and Family Health, University of Leeds This week’s EBN Twitter Chat on Wednesday 20th July between 8-9 pm (UK time) will be hosted by Alison Rodriguez (@ARodriguez339) Lecturer Child and Family health, University of Leeds and will focus on ‘dignity in palliative care across the livespan. Participating in the Twitter […]

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