Mandy Day-Calder

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How to work collaboratively with patients

Mandy-Day Calder explains how to develop a genuinely collaborative relationship with...

Culturally diverse teams
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Working effectively in a culturally diverse team

Life coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to develop your cultural competence at work

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How to stay mentally healthy

Recent reports indicate a dramatic increase in the number of nursing students accessing...

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How to be a good role model

Students and new staff look to senior nurses for guidance and will often emulate what they witness - both the good and the bad. Here’s how to be a positive influence as a role model.

nurse laughing
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When laughter is the best medicine - and when it is not

Mandy Day-Calder looks at the benefits and pitfalls of using humour with patients and colleagues

Decision making
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The art of decision making

Mandy Day-Calder looks at ways to increase your confidence in your decision-making ability.

multisensory nursing
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Adopting a multi-sensory approach to nursing care

Using all your senses to 'see' the whole patient is a valuable nursing skill, says...

Staying motivated
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Keeping your nursing spark alive

After a well-earned summer break, it can be hard to return to the daily grind of early...

Keeping calm
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Respect your patients even when you disagree with them

​Nurses have a duty to put their personal views to one side. Here are some strategies to cope when you find yourself judging a patient or situation.

Leaving work at the office
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Knowing when to leave your work at the office

The unique pressures of the nursing role can make it difficult to switch off. Life coach...

Supporting a colleague
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When a colleague needs your support

What do you do if a colleague is having a bad day every day? Resist the urge to judge, assess the situation - and report any concerns about safety immediately.

Professional boundaries
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Maintaining professional boundaries

Keeping the balance right in nurse-patient relationships is vital to protect yourself, your patients and avoid burn out.

Constructive feedback
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How to provide constructive feedback

If delivered well, providing honest, constructive feedback to your colleagues can be a positive experience for all concerned

Finding your voice
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Finding your voice in a multidisciplinary team

Nurses need to be flexible, confident team players

Look after yourself
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Caring for yourself when you are the patient

Being a nurse doesn’t give immunity from long-term illness: points to consider after being diagnosed

Ellen Watters
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Voluntary sector: feel-good posts outside the NHS offer job satisfaction

Information specialist nurse Ellen Watters offers advice to those wanting to move out of the health service

Nurse advises a patient
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How to promote effective communication

When a patient's condition affects their ability to express themselves it is important to use different strategies to meet their needs, says Mandy Day-Calder

Nurse using smartphone
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Student life - Professional conduct

Overstepping boundaries can undermine patients’ trust and respect – and may put your future registration at risk.