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Bowel preparation for rectal and colonic investigation

02 February 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Nurses need to have a clear understanding of the reasons for effective bowel preparation for patients undergoing imaging of the rectum and colon....

Managing cancer of unknown primary: Are we getting it wrong?

01 September 2007

Cancer Nursing Practice


Cancer of unknown primary features among the ten most common cancer diagnoses. Patients are often very ill at presentation and currently, management of their...

The success of a nurse-led, one-stop suspected prostate cancer clinic

01 April 2008

Cancer Nursing Practice


Until recently, the prostate biopsy, and accompanying trans-rectal ultrasound, has been the domain of senior doctors. However, there is no reason why a senior,...

Monitoring pulse rate

09 April 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & science

This article, part of Nursing Standard’s clinical skills series, illustrates the sites for palpating the pulse and outlines the correct procedure for monitoring and...

Providing patients with information on pharmacogenetic testing

28 January 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines the key issues to be considered before recommending the use of pharmacogenetic tests, which may predict a patient’s response to a particular...

Does Amethocaine gel influence blood results obtained from capillary sampling?

01 July 2006

Paediatric Nursing


In many children routine blood samples are obtained by capillary sampling, a technique that appears to cause high levels of pain and distress in the child. Topical...

Arterial blood gas analysis: implications for nursing

10 February 2009

Paediatric Nursing


Nurses caring for children need to be able to understand the investigations that contribute to holistic assessment of the child. Blood gas analysis is a common...

An overview of nuclear medicine imaging procedures

25 November 2015

Nursing Standard


Nuclear medicine imaging is not generally well understood by nurses who work outside this area. Consequently, nurses can find themselves unable to answer patients’...

Why nurses should use clinical reasoning to diagnose a cough

01 September 2013

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

Nurses in advanced roles make decisions and diagnoses on a daily basis as part of their role in general practice. Clinical reasoning and decision making are often...

Identifying and differentiating stroke and stroke mimics

18 February 2019

Nursing Standard


Stroke mimics are common differential diagnoses of stroke. This article describes common stroke mimics and their presentations. It provides nurses with an overview...