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The importance of applying human factors to nursing practice

11 April 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

The aim of this series is to introduce the topic of human factors and to show how it can be used in nursing practice on the ward and in nursing management, to...

Whistleblowing: a legal commentary

29 October 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


This article examines the legal position of a nurse who believes that a colleague is performing below the level of competence required, witnesses inappropriate...

Keep an eye out for trouble

21 May 2009

Nursing Management


In May 2008, the National Patient Safety Agency launched a Foresight Training Resource Pack to help nurses develop the ‘mental preparedness’ they need to identify,...

Medication errors: what hospital reports reveal about staff views

01 March 2013

Nursing Management

Art & Science

Nurses are generally responsible for administering medication to patients and are, therefore, able to monitor or report medication errors. However, nurses can...

Patient safety: leading improvement

22 April 2009

Nursing Management


This article explains how leadership, particularly nurse leadership, at all levels is central to reducing the number of patient adverse events. It describes several...

An evaluation of mechanical aids used within the NHS

30 October 1996

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This paper describes Phase III of the study of mechanical aids used within the NHS, the aim of which was to evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of...

Safety: Principle of Nursing Practice C

30 March 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This is the fourth article in a nine-part series describing the Principles of Nursing Practice developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in collaboration with...

Patient safety and nurses’ role in procedural sedation

01 October 2013

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

In the United States, following the singer Michael Jackson’s fatal overdose of the sedative propofol in 2009, there has been extensive controversy about the...

Adverse drug reactions: ‘six rights’ to ensure best practice for children

31 May 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


In the second of a two-part article on adverse drug reactions Agnes Kanneh describes the six ‘rights’ of the recipient of a drug. These are: that the right person...

Clinical competency in children’s nursing: a legal commentary

24 December 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


Competence can be defined as having the requisite knowledge, skills, judgement, and experience to undertake a role or task. This article – part ten and the last in...
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