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In these unprecedented times respiratory nurses are finding themselves in the front line of the pandemic. Some may be asked to enhance skills, others to teach, return to practice, or work in unfamiliar environments, in addition to thinking about their own and their family’s health. This will be an unsettling and anxious time and we are suggesting that respiratory nurses keep an account of their experiences during the pandemic to facilitate reflection and provide important documentary evidence. In an effort to capture the ‘nursing voice’ and learn from our individual and collective experiences, you may be asked at a later date to submit your journal and participate in further research. This will be entirely voluntary with anonymity and confidentiality preserved. You can find out more here.
PCRS have now opened up their forum community to non members so a wider healthcare professional audience can follow and join the Covid 19 discussions.
ARNS 2020 Conference Postponement
Due to the global concern regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, ARNS has agreed to postpone the ARNS Annual Conference scheduled for 15th-16th May 2020 in Liverpool. This was a very difficult decision, however, there is no greater importance than the health and safety of our members.
We are sorry to disappoint those who are already registered to attend, but safety and wellbeing has to come first.
We are currently working with the venue to establish a revised date in the Autumn, and will be in touch as soon as these arrangements are in place. Registrations will be carried forward to the revised dates.
Our heartfelt wishes are with all those impacted across the world, and particularly to our members dealing with the increased and unchartered work and home pressures that we are all undertaking.
We will be contacting everyone as soon as we have the new arrangements in place.
The 2nd edition of the Managing Malnutrition in COPD guideline has been published today. The document also includes a pthway for the appropriate use of ONS to support community health professionals.
“ARNS is delighted to be involved with the development and update of these guidelines” says Joanne King, Consultant Respiratory Nurse and panel representative for the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS). “The first edition of the guidelines and the complimentary patient leaflets have been taken up widely by respiratory nurses across the UK and I hope they will find the updates in the guidance of assistance. By engaging with the multi-professional team in identifying and treating malnutrition we can offer continuity of nutritional care for patients leading to better outcomes and quality of life for patients.”
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We recently worked with Health Awareness on the 2019 Respiratory Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at https://bit.ly/36oANWO. The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices to raise awareness around the consequences of air pollution and provide an education platform to cover how respiratory conditions can be prevented, managed and treated.
BMJ Open Respiratory Research (BMJ ORR) published on behalf of the British Thoracic Society, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality papers across all areas of respiratory medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. ARNS is now affiliated with BMJ ORR and all ARNS members are eligible for a 35% discount on the article publishing charge when submitting to the journal. To redeem your member discount please use code BMJORRARNS on acceptance.
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