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Nursing Apprenticeships Starting in September 2017

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Nursing Apprenticeships Starting in September 2017

Degree-level nursing apprenticeships are set to start in September 2017, the government has confirmed.

The introduction of nursing apprenticeships follows major changes to the routes into nursing and are offered instead of the traditional degree course. These changes come only months after the announcements that student nurses will no longer receive bursaries and will instead will take out means-tested loans.

The apprenticeships have been designed as an alternative to students splitting their time between university and their employer. They will be offered initially at the Universities of Derby, Gloucestershire, Greenwich and Sunderland with other universities offering the course at a later date.

Up to 1,000 NHS staff are set to start their apprenticeships in September 2017.

At the end of the training, which will usually take five years, a nurse apprentice will have a nursing degree and full Nursing & Midwifery Council registration, whereas a qualified nursing associate would still need more training to become a registered nurse.

Earlier this year the government committed to creating 100,000 apprenticeships within the NHS by 2020 to ensure it has a workforce with the right support, skills and numbers to provide consistently safe, high quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The full Council of Deans briefing on Nursing Apprenticeships is available here. The full Department of Health briefing on Nursing Apprenticeships is available here.

Do you think Nursing Apprenticeships and Nursing Associates are the answer to the NHS staffing crisis?

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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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