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Matrix for the Use & Critique of Articles in Assignments

Katie B

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There was some interest in the matrix I mentioned in my blog post on tips for students with dyslexia, so I’ve made some versions that’s you can use and print off.

The Matrix comes in 2 different sizes, it can be used to help arrange your articles and use them appropriately. Finally it will make referencing a million times easier.

  • The A3 version allows you to make notes on 5 articles, you’ll need access to an A3 printer for this version.
  • The A4 version allows you to make notes on 2 articles and can easily be printed from home.

I used this extensively when I did my dissertation, I ended up with many of these blu-tacked all over a wall (take a look) in my apartment so that I could see them all at once and compare all of the notes I have made at once.

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That is what worked for me, it might be different for you. Your free to use the matrix in whatever way suits you!

A4 Double Column Matrix: PDF / DOC

A3 Five Column Matrix: PDF / DOC

You can also find a detailed example on how to use the Matrix here.

The blank column on the left hand side is where I put what colour highlighter I would use for that part of the article. I would print the articles I wanted – then (for example) anything relating to the methods I would put a stripe of blue highlighter next to the text, I’d put a stripe of purple highlighter next to any results, etc. I would then write in the most important parts into the matrix. The rows are arranged in the order most articles are written in – but this isn’t always the case. Then when writing up my assignment I had everything I needed from each article without having to reread the whole thing to find one tiny piece of information! This also makes it much easier to compare similar pieces of work to each other.

I hope some of you find this useful! If you have any suggestions please comment.

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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.

Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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 Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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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