Professional Nursing Today - Volume 18, Issue 1, 2014
Volume 18, Issue 1, 2014
Author Annelie MeiringSource: Professional Nursing Today 18 (2014)More Less
2014 set the scene for exciting changes in nursing in South Africa. The long-awaited regulations for the new nursing qualifications were published and nursing educators could start with final preparations for the development and submission of the curricula, as well as the accreditation of the training institutions and clinical facilities for the new qualifications. The uncertainty experienced by registered nurses was a topic at many nursing workshops and conferences. The future of previously registered nurses is still not understood by the profession.
Author A.B. Van der WaltSource: Professional Nursing Today 18 (2014)More Less
Source: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 3 –6 (2014)More Less
Ageing is a natural life process. Older persons are a valuable resource, and are the repositories of tradition, culture, knowledge and skills. These attributes are essential when maintaining intergenerational links. Globally, older persons are living longer and healthier lives than previously. South Africa has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in sub-Saharan Africa, and houses the second largest number of older persons in the region. According to guidelines on the transformation of services to older persons, the elderly have been classified as a vulnerable group. The motivation behind this is that they could be exposed to a lifetime of hardship, malnutrition and poverty in old age, with high susceptibility to chronic disease.
2014 FPNL, NEA and FUNDISA Conference at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg
25 - 27 June 2014 : conference reportSource: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 9 –10 (2014)More Less
The 2014 Conference was hosted by Forum for Professional Nurse Leaders (FPNL), Nursing Education Association (NEA) and Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), and brought leaders in education and practice together for the first time, and with great success! The purpose was to consider new ways of working together towards reshaping the DNA of the nursing profession in South Africa. We were particularly privileged to have the presidents of the two largest international nursing organisations join us for this important event. This was the International Council of Nurses' (ICN) President's first official visit to Africa.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 11 –12 (2014)More Less
Stings and bites are common. Children are often bitten or stung because they tend to be less cautious than adults when exploring or investigating an interesting creature. This article will discuss the most common culprits of bites and stings: bees, wasps, mosquitoes and spiders.
Author L. JohnstonSource: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 13 –14 (2014)More Less
On average, women have a menstrual period every 28 days with bleeding (menstruation) lasting approximately four to seven days. During this time, the muscles of the uterus contract in response to hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, produced by the lining of the uterus. The levels of the prostaglandins increase prior to menstruation, and peak at the start of the menses. The levels decline again as a woman menstruates, resulting in less uterine discomfort or cramps after the first few days of the menstrual period.
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Most sore throats with which patients present in the pharmacy are viral in origin. Only approximately one in 10 are due to a bacterial infection. It is not possible to tell the difference between a viral and a bacterial throat infection without performing a throat swab and culture. Sore throats are often associated with symptoms of a cold. In many cases, a sore throat is the first indication that a person is getting sick. However, streptococcal (bacterial) throat infections are more likely in children and require antibiotic therapy. Nonetheless, most sore throats are self-limiting and resolve within a few days without any treatment.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 16 –20 (2014)More Less
Head lice, scabies, warts and fever blisters affect millions of people each year. Both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications are available to treat these conditions. By educating the public on how these infections are acquired or spread, the pharmacist's assistant can play an important role in helping to treat and prevent these disorders.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 21 –23 (2014)More Less
Venturing into nature provides adventure and excitement, but may also result in exposure to danger in the form of biting insects.
Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Ticks can cause tick bite fever, and tsetse flies African sleeping sickness. Although antimalarial drugs and vaccinations are available to prevent some of these diseases, it is important to avoid being bitten when travelling to high-risk areas.
Author L. BakerSource: Professional Nursing Today 18, pp 24 –25 (2014)More Less
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Summer! Sunshine! Time to have fun! But what about the medicine that you are taking? Some medicines react to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and cause a photosensitive reaction that is similar to sunburn. Knowing which medicines cause these problems ensures that patients know when to stay in the shade.