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Educational changes could results in only 1150 hours of placement for Students Nurses

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Controversial new educational guidelines reveal that students could only complete 1150 hours of clinical placement before qualifying.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a formal consultation process on a proposed new set of educational standards. Part of the new educational standards state that students could complete up to 50% of the required 2300 hours of clinical practice using simulation.

These changes could results in a dramatic fall in the number of clinical placement hours student nurses complete during their training. If implemented, the proposal would mean that only 1150 hours of clinical placement would be mandatory.

Currently students must complete 2300 hours of their training within a clinical setting – working directly with patients and other healthcare professionals.

The NMC has not stipulated how universities would decide which skills should be taught clinically and which should be taught as part of simulated practice.

The changes come alongside an extensive list of clinical skills such as; NG tube insertion, IV drug administration, catheterisation, ECGs, venepuncture, and blood transfusion administration.

The plans have come under heavy criticism from both student and qualified nurses with many saying more hours of placement are needed, not less.

The NMC’s consultation on pre-registration education standards will now run until 12 September. They are expected to open a second consultation on proposed new standards for medicines management and prescribing on Thursday.

You can take part in any consultation on the NMC website.

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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Due to changes in its recipe and a significant reduction in glucose, Lucozade will not be as effective as a treatment for hypoglycemic patients.

Recipe changes to Lucozade Original Energy product line mean it will no longer be as effective at treating hypoglycemic patients – this is due to a 50% reduction in glucose based carbohydrates. Healthcare Professionals should seek guidance from their local specialist team on alternative treatment protocols.

This change applies to all Lucozade Energy Flavours. New products started appearing on shelves in April 2017. However, for a short time, both the new and old recipe will be available.

Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate; this was reduced to 8.9g in April 2017.

According to Diabietes.co.uk, patients who experience a hypoglycemic episode are advised to consume 15-20g of sugar when treating low blood sugar, but this will no longer be equivalent to 100ml of Lucozade.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which also makes Ribena and Orangina, among other drinks, is lowering its sugar content by replacing these sugars with low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame.

You can also visit www.lrsuntory.com/health for more information on Lucozade’s changing nutritional values or speak to your local diabetes specialist team.

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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