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Evaluating a specialist nurse’s role in a general paediatric surgical team

07 October 2014

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

A surgical care practitioner (SCP) is a registered nurse or allied health professional who, following specific education and competency training, carries out pre-...

The role of the laparoscopic nurse practitioner

22 July 1998

Nursing Standard


In May 1995 the author was appointed as the first laparoscopic nurse practitioner (NP) in the UK. The role was to provide a seamless service for patients undergoing...

Future oncological practice and the rise of multimodal treatments

09 April 2010

Cancer Nursing Practice


The treatment of cancer is being transformed by the increasing application of scientific advances and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutic strategies...

Oral health: basic or essential care?

01 April 2002

Cancer Nursing Practice


Oral care for people with cancer is particularly important. An inability to eat, the effects of potent medication and susceptibility to infection all contribute to...

Surgical oncology

01 March 2002

Cancer Nursing Practice


Surgery is the oldest form of treatment for patients with solid tumours. It is vital that nurses have a full understanding of why surgery is used and the biological...

Pre-operative fasting: putting research into practice

16 June 1999

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

A period of fasting prior to anaesthesia for surgery is necessary to prevent aspiration of stomach contents which can be potentially fatal. It has, however, become...

Assessment and management of patients with minor traumatic wounds

19 October 2016

Nursing Standard


Patients with minor traumatic wounds are a common and universal presentation to emergency departments, and their assessment and management requires the use of...

Care of patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy

28 October 2008

Nursing Standard

Learning zone continuing professional development

This article discusses laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or surgical removal of the gall bladder through a process also known as keyhole surgery. It explains the pre-and...

Paediatric anaesthesia: an overview

28 October 2015

Nursing Standard


This article provides an overview of the nursing considerations for paediatric anaesthesia. It is aimed at newly qualified operating department practitioners and...

Day surgery: handling patients’ complaints

16 August 1995

Nursing Standard

Clinical Day Surgery

The number of surgical procedures being performed as day cases is increasing. In an attempt to ensure that patients are given the chance to present their views of...