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Niamh Adams from the INMO library team takes readers through recently published work by Irish authors

In this month’s library article, current literature relating to the field of nursing and midwifery is reviewed. Here, we bring you literature by Irish authors that has been published in recent months. We also outline the latest reports pertaining to healthcare in Ireland as well as reports and guidelines from other countries.

Due to the vast amount of information published each day, it is impossible to include everything here. However, there are a number of ways in which you can check for updated literature via www.nurse2nurse.ie (N2N).

Social media: follow us on Facebook – Nurse2Nurse/INMOLibrary, or Twitter – @nurse2nurselib. From the N2N homepage you can subscribe to the N2N News RSS feed which is updated on a regular basis. Or select the link ‘Irish Research’ where you will find journal articles published by Irish nurses and midwives and finally you can also choose to browse through the N2N Directory to view regular updates on wide range topics.

Let us assist you with searching. The Library’s literature searching service is available for a fee of €6 and can be useful if you are having difficulty finding relevant articles or if you do not have enough time to complete a search.

Irish authors

Elder abuse: Phelan, A. (2012) Elder abuse in the emergency department. International Emergency Nursing, 20(4): 214-2.
Spiritual care: Connell Meehan T. (2012) Spirituality and spiritual care from a careful nursing perspective. Journal of Nursing Management, 20(8): 990-1001.
Research Ethics: Condell, SL; Begley, C. (2012) Clinical research ethics in Irish healthcare: diversity, dynamism and medicalization. Nursing Ethics, 19 (6): 810-8.
Delirium: McDonnell S. et al (2012) A quantitative exploration of the subjective burden experienced by nurses when caring for patients with delirium, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(17-18): 2488–2498.

Irish Reports/Guidance:

Residential care
NCPOP (2012) Older People in Residential Care Settings: Results of a National Survey of Staff-Resident Interactions and Conflicts.

This study examined interactions and conflicts between staff and residents in residential care settings, and in so doing identified both the prevalence and predictors of neglect and abuse of older people receiving care in these settings.

Health statistics
Department of Health (2012) Health in Ireland Key Trends 2012.

This report outlines statistics on health and health care in Ireland over the past decade. Also included are hospital statistics such as number of beds, inpatient discharges, average length of stay and number of emergency department attendances.

Health services
Health Service Executive (2012) HSE Performance Report October.

Included is a range of target and performance statistics on acute and non acute care. Some indicators include emergency care activity, elective waiting times, average length of stay. There are also statistics on absenteeism, medical card processing, finance overview and agency costs.

International research of interest

Midwifery-led care
RCM (2012) RCM Evidence-based guidelines for midwifery-led care in labour.

This updated edition of RCM Evidence based guidelines for midwifery-led care in labour (2012) provides midwives with a comprehensive discussion of currently available evidence for midwives to follow in practice.

Alcohol abuse
WHO (2012) European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020.

The European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 was endorsed by all 53 member States in the WHO European Region in September 2011. It includes a range of evidence-based policy options to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

Patient safety (upcoming report):
The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Robert Francis QC).

The final report is due out in early 2013. This report will be highlighted on N2N as soon as it is available.

All the above titles are available via N2N. You can search by the keywords used above or search the title in the advanced search.

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Library - Latest literature reviews
February 2013 Vol 21 (1)
February 2013 Vol 21 (1)
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