Good news for nurses

A government-backed scheme to reduce junior doctors’ hours by reorganising
practice in hospitals at night is giving night nurses unprecedented
responsibility, and a much-needed career boost. Early findings from the four
trusts piloting the NHS Modernisation Agency’s Hospital at Night project
suggest there have been benefits for staff and patients. Nursing Standard,
17 May

Long-lasting vaccine

A single dose of the BCG vaccine appears to provide protection against
tuberculosis (TB) for 50 to 60 years, according to a study in the Journal of
the American Medical Association. It looked at 2,792 American Indians and
Alaska Natives given the BCG vaccine or placebo in the late 1930s. The
incidence of TB in the vaccine group was 66 cases per 100,000 person years,
much lower the control group – 138 cases per 100,000 person years. Journal of
the American Medical Association 291 (17) 2086-2091.  Nursing Times, 6 May

Online dictionary

The Royal College of Nurses and Oxford University Press have joined forces
to give RCN members access to a free online version of the Oxford Dictionary of
Nursing and the A-Z of Medicinal Drugs. It can be accessed at  Nursing Standard, 6 May

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