Lynne Pearce

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Student ambassadors: championing quality care

From quality walk arounds to mock Care Quality Commission inspections, a scheme in north west England is helping healthcare students show leadership by delivering high quality patient care

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Nurse with a zest for life – and a passion for palliative care

A student placement in a hospice ignited a passion for palliative care that has never left nurse Beth Hawkins, who years later has returned to the same hospice as a ward sister

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NICE guidance on diagnosing and managing cystic fibrosis

NICE has published new guidance on cystic fibrosis, a progressive and incurable condition suffered by about 11,000 people in the UK that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestine

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Making a difference: what it means to be an RCN rep

The college’s representatives play an essential part in ensuring members get a fair deal. A new book celebrating their contribution also reveals how rewarding the role is, personally and professionally.

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End of life volunteers ensure patients don’t die alone

When a patient dies alone on a ward it is upsetting for families and staff. A nurse-led initiative at one trust is ensuring specially trained volunteers provide support throughout the final moments of life.

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Care home tutor helps overseas nurses join UK register

A care home in Yorkshire is giving lessons to nurses from outside Europe who are working as carers to help them pass tests in English and nursing competency so they can achieve UK registration

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Cerebral palsy

Read our summary of the latest update on cerebral palsy guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which covers diagnosis, assessment and management for those aged up to 25.

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‘It feels like my trust is investing in me and planning for the future’ 

An interview at the RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair in Birmingham landed nurse Charlotte Hall a new post, and a step closer towards her goal of working with critically ill patients.

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Meet the nurse who performs surgery 

Nurse Sara Dalby, who has been a surgical care practitioner for six years and will soon perform surgery on her own list of patients, talks to Lynne Pearce about her role.

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Prison nursing: opportunities, autonomy and known risks

Prisons can be dangerous places but the risks are known and are planned for. And with prison healthcare often nurse-led, there is a lot more to the role than people may realise, writes Lynne Pearce.

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Cementing a strategy for the future of the emergency care workforce

A new report recommends extra investment in advanced clinical practitioners to help address the significant pressures in emergency departments.

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Improving patient care through effective leadership 

A multidisciplinary programme is helping clinical and non-clinical staff develop the practical skills needed to become good leaders.

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Charity launches new programme to support nurses in times of hardship

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust's membership initiative is calling on organisations to help the thousands of nurses struggling to make ends meet.

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Making care homes great places to work and learn

After a successful pilot stage, the Teaching Care Home programme is recruiting more homes to challenge perceptions of the sector, develops its workforce and boost recruitment.

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Beyond empathy: when students 'develop' their patients' illness

Students who believe they have the same disease as their patients need support and mentoring to prevent this false perception from damaging their quality of life.

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Inspiring clinical leaders to facilitate culture change 

A new programme from the Foundation of Nursing Studies aims to support front-line staff in developing their leadership and facilitation skills to effect culture change

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Trailblazing trust: 'We think about race in everything we do'

East London NHS Foundation Trust's honest, committed approach to equality and diversity has opened up the trust's top jobs to BME staff. But success has thrown up some surprising challenges - and there is no room for complacency.

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Scholarship nurse the judge called a firecracker 

Nursing student Sabrina Ffrench won a community nursing award from the Cavell Nurses’ Trust in June. She talks to Lynne Pearce about the award and why students should make the most of their opportunities.