Previous Article Next Article BriefingOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today A round-up of news from the professional journalsCourt rules against use of a hoist The right of community nurses to work without putting their own health atrisk through lifting patients has been dealt a serious blow by a recent courtjudgment. Barrister Suzanne Fullbrook told an RCN ethics conference in Londonof a judgment made against East Sussex County Council, in which the family oftwo pro-foundly disabled sisters argued that their dignity at home wasinfringed by the use of a hoist. Nursing Standard, 13 April Calming influence Live performances of ballet and jazz are reducing the levels of aggressionamong patients in an A&E unit. The weekly performances at Chelsea andWestminster Healthcare NHS Trust are held in the hospital’s reception area andthe entertainers have also visited wards and A&E. The initiative is part ofan ongoing study into the effect of music on patients due to be published inthree months. Nursing Standard, 13 April Nurse prescribing The Government has announced plans for a major extension to nurseprescribing powers. The new proposals will allow suitably competentpractitioners to prescribe emergency medication such as thrombolytic drugs andantibiotics. Nurses can already prescribe more than 180 medicines and, underthe new scheme, 60 more would be added to the list. Nursing Times, 14 April Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.