15 steps to recovering some privacy from Facebook

Want to wrest back some privacy from Mark Zuckerberg?
by David Nield, The Observer, 13th March 2016

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

It seems that with the exponential growth of the use of social media and smartphones any notions of privacy are being consigned to the past. However, David Nield has provided us with 15 tips towards wresting some privacy back from the social network behemoth, Facebook. Follow his advice and take some back. (Remember also to be very careful as to what information or images you put on social media. Click here to read a previous blog post on the NMC’s policy on nurses’ use of social media).


Antibiotic Resistance: Urban Myth or Zombie Apocalypse? Find out at Cafe Scientifique Bournemouth!

Antibiotic Resistance: Urban Myth or Zombie Apocalypse?
by Dr Liz Sheridan, microbiologist, Poole Hospital


Tuesday 1st November 2016, Cafe Boscanova

Everyone, in particular healthcare professionals but also the wider public, needs to know about antibiotic (or antimicrobial) resistance. What better way to find out about it than from a medical expert while enjoying the comforts of Cafe Boscanova?!

I’ve written before about antimicrobial resistance – it’s one of the biggest challenges that we face in the 21st century, see below:

Inappropriate use of antibiotics is putting our lives at risk

What can you do to decrease overuse of antibiotics?

And find out more about Care Scientfique here. Hope to see you there!

The New Script of Nursing

The New Script of Nursing

As stated by Patricia Davidson, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, “All of us know that our profession is undergoing an extraordinary transformation and that nursing will never look the same. While we know this, there is a profound need to educate the general public about the broader scope of our work and expanding opportunities.

As the breadth and impact of our work increases, so does the need to recruit and retain nurses—crucial elements during a nursing shortage throughout the world. Together we are writing the “new script of nursing,” and we have created a video that reveals the intensity and magnitude of our profession that is much more than what meets the eye – researcher, clinician, change agent, inventor”.

What do you think?


What should we be eating, and advising patients to eat?

What should we be eating? by Dr Andrew Weil Andrew Weil does a fantastic job of summarising what we should be eating and why in this presentation at the College of Medicine entitled, ‘What should we be eating?’. There won’t be any surprises here for those of you who have been staying up to date […]

via What should we be eating, and advising patients to eat? — Chiroresearcher

Can your personality help you decide which area of nursing you’re best suited to?

What Nursing Speciality Is Best For You? by Nurse.org

This is a 9-question quiz which takes into account your personality, character traits, and daily activities. Upon completion of the quiz, it is claimed, you will discover the nursing speciality that is best suited to you. The results include an easy-to-understand summary of the speciality, education requirements (including certain certifications and hours required), the average salary (and how it’s trending), the job outlook (positive, negative, or steady with percentages) etc, but this is for a US context only. However, you might gain some insight regarding which area you’d like to work in. If nothing else, it’s a bit of fun!


Want to improve patient care? Then become a clinical researcher

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers*

A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, we have produced the magazine, which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read at http://bit.ly/TheResearcherMag_Summer2016

Please let NIHR know your comments on Twitter using #TheResearcherMagazine.

*Text above reproduced from here

How to promote healing of ulcers? The pressure’s on…

‘Antibiotics and antiseptics for wounds: evidence and ignorance’

It is sadly not unusual for some of our patients to have a pressure ulcer, and for those of you who already have experience of this, you’ll know it can be challenging to achieve healing of the ulcer. You will of course consider that the ulcer requires an adequate blood supply so that the immune system can get to work in removing debris and starting wound repair. Also, the patient will require an adequate intake of nutrition such that the wound has a supply necessary to facilitate healing. Promoting mobility is also crucial since, of course, a lack of this contributed to the ulcer in the first place. An additional consideration is that ulcers can get infected which will delay healing, so naturally you might assume that antibiotics and antiseptics would have a clear role in healing pressure ulcers – not so. Not according to the latest Cochrane review, the main points from which have been summarised by Sarah Chapman on the Evidently Cochrane blog. There is an obvious research need here, and logically nurses should contribute to this evidence base. This is imperative to promote better patient outcomes. Could this be the topic of your first research project?