August 2021


 

In what marks our second annual focus on the green agenda in nursing, this month’s issue of Nursing Times looks at the urgent need for action to improve sustainability in healthcare as the coronavirus pandemic moves into its next phase.
The cover article explores ways nurses can reduce the environmental burden of personal protective equipment (PPE), which has been necessary for keeping nurses safe during Covid-19.
We have also interviewed four nurse champions on the green agenda who said the pandemic had almost given services a “fresh start” to re-evaluate practice and make change.
Other articles covered in news include a focused look at community and public health nursing and nurse reaction to the 2021-22 NHS pay award.
In the clinical section there are the final instalments from two series: one on using an electrocardiogram and another early mobilisation.
David Melia, director of nursing at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, provides an opinion piece on why nurses should be able to drink water at the nurses’ station, while Simon Hall from NHS Supply Chain makes the case for compression wraps as an alternative to bandages.

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