Mandy Day-Calder

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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Nurse advising a patient

Nurse advising a patient

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.

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Student life - Preserving safety

In addition to providing compassionate care and administering correct treatments, the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code states that nurses must keep patients and the public safe and free from harm.

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Student life - How to practise effectively

Referring to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code’s second theme – practise effectively; think what effective nursing care means to you and how this has an impact on the essence of quality care.

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Student life - The code and you

To remain on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a qualified nurse you will have to revalidate every three years. This involves demonstrating that you are incorporating the NMC Code into your day-today practice and continuing professional development.

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Student life - Management techniques

On graduating from your nursing degree course, one aspect of nursing life you may be worried about is how you will cope with taking responsibility for a group of patients, or even a whole ward.