Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
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Trauma course content after the Gulf War.
Reflecting on the true value of care.
The RCN's (2012) Principles of Nursing Practice are a set of statements about the characteristics of high quality nursing care. This article gives an overview of the principles and demonstrates through a personal reflection that emergency nurses can refer to them when planning and de...
Acute stroke management in emergency departments.
The introduction of thrombolysis and dedicated stroke units have greatly improved the management of people who have had a stroke. However, for the benefits of these advances to be fully realised, emergency department nurses must be able to recognise the signs of stroke and act appropriately and quic...
View from the front line.
In December 2008, readers of RCN Publishing's eight specialist nursing journals were surveyed about their careers and asked for their opinions on the state of nursing in the UK. This article examines the responses of readers of Emergency Nurse and compares these with the overall survey results.
How to write an effective conference abstract.
Every year the RCN Emergency Care Association asks people who want to present at its annual conference to submit abstracts of their work. These requests produce about 100 abstracts of varying quality, which suggests that some nurses are uncertain about how to construct them. This is...
'Inappropriate attender' in A&E.
With the current emphasis on reducing patient waiting times, accident and emergency nurses may be tempted to close the doors on what they consider to be 'inappropriate attenders'. The author warns that public perceptions of A&E are often at odds with the nurses view, and that all patients should hav...
Development of the nurse practitioner.
In the first of two articles on the development of the emergency nurse practitioner, Peter Howie reports on a new scheme in Lincoln where all first-level nurses have been trained as nurse practitioners. The initiative was introduced following a study in the theoretical management of patients by expe...
Pinpointing the problem of violence.
Following a storm of media protest in the UK, health service employers are being forced to re-examine the security measures they implement to protect their staff. PETRA KYDD reviews an RCN survey on violence towards nurses and outlines the benefits of security systems on offer.
Farm accidents: their causes and the development of a nurse led accident prevention strategy.
The following key facts emerge which are relevant to an accident prevention strategy. HIGH RISK TIMES: Just before lunch and late afternoon. HIGH RISK PLACES: Those places which are most familiar to the farmer, his/her own farm, especially the yard and farm buildings. HIGH RISK ACTIVITY: Working at...
Comparing the use of ketamine and midazolam in emergency settings.