This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Health and wellbeing

Handwashing should be policed

In the nineteenth century, obstetrician Dr Ignatz Semmelweis (1818-1865) instigated a handwashing regime on the labour ward of the Vienna General Hospital, where mortality rates from puerperal fever (a streptococcal infection) exceeded 12 per cent. Within

Good nutrition is about more than eating

David Kynaston's Austerity Britain 1945-51 (2007) cites a study that compared the diets of over 4000 four-year-olds in 1950, with a similar number of four-year-olds in 1992.

Urinalysis: to do or not to do?

As a student nurse, 'weighs and wees' were an important weekly, or in some cases daily, part of patient care. Urinalysis is one of the most common investigations that can lead to a formal diagnosis.

Mixed messages over fats and diet

The past fortnight has seen a flurry of communications on obesity-related issues.First, England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies' annual report on child health, highlighted obesity in children as a significant long-term issue that must

Imagine living with Parkinson's disease

Imagine being arrested for not smiling at an event. Mark Worsfold who attended the recent London Olympics, last year was. Mr Worsfold, who has Parkinson's, was arrested while watching a cycling event as his lack of movement and facial expressions

A welcome intervention for cystic fibrosis

January's Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) by NICE recommending TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder) as a cost-effective therapy is to be welcomed by people with cystic fibrosis (CF).

Stamping out missing meals in the UK

As honorary chairman of The British Dietetic Association (BDA) I would like to introduce IN readers to our 'Mind the Hunger Gap: stamp out missing meals in the UK' campaign.

Vital link between social care and health

As Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony demonstrated, Britain is rightly proud of the NHS. Nurses working in hospitals and in the community touch the lives of the 800,000 people with dementia in the UK every day.

The importance of exercise in later life

The Olympic and Paralympic Games may well have inspired people of all ages and abilities to try some new activities, but how do we ensure that a more active nation is truly a legacy of the Games, particularly when it comes to older people?

Tackling health inequalities remains key

Viv Bennett, the director of nursing for public health, and the DH have called for primary care and community nurses to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking every opportunity to pass on healthy living advice to patients.

Tackling malnutrition in the community

Last month, health secretary Andrew Lansley pledged to improve the nutritional value of hospital food. This, he feels, can be achieved through improving buying standards. Anything that has the potential to improve the nutritional care of hospital patients

Compassion is a vital quality, NHS-wide

Dignity is 'the essence of proper nursing' according to Sir Keith Pearson, chair of the NHS Confederation, and one of the authors of Delivering Dignity: securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.