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Picture shows a woman naked from the waist up, with a scar where one breast has been removed. People with cancer are allowing pictures of themselves displaying the scars from their treatment to be used in the fundraising Defiance project.

Stand Up To Cancer campaign uses photos of real people to portray ‘raw reality’

Photographs of cancer patients showing their scars appear in project to raise funds

Picture shows an ambulance travelling at high speed in an urban scene. Ambulance crews are to be allowed to see patients’ mental health crisis plans to help cut emergency admissions

Ambulance crews allowed access to mental health crisis plans

A pilot project will allow crews to see records in a bid to cut emergency admissions

nurse sits by a patient's bedside looking at her clipboard

Has intentional rounding turned ward nursing into a tick-box exercise?

Routine rounds are more to do with managing risk than patient-centred care, study suggests

Picture shows a teenager playing videogames in his bedroom. A new NHS clinic with specialist mental health nurses will help young people addicted to gaming.

New NHS clinic with mental health nurses will help young gaming addicts

An NHS clinic with specialist mental health nurses will help young people addicted to gaming

Picture shows a nurse doing a medicines review with an older man. A nurse-led monitoring tool that checks for adverse drug reactions could help curb overuse of mental health medicines in care homes, researchers say.

Nurse-led monitoring tool could curb overprescribing in care homes

Simple checklist could help avoid overuse of medicines for mental health issues in care homes

NHS staff member receives her flu jab

For your patients’ sake, get the flu jab, senior official urges health workers

Professor says healthcare staff have a ‘very strong responsibility’ to accept vaccination

Evidence and Practice

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

Background Meaningful employment can promote emotional and mental health, yet there are...

Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people

Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people

Background Mentoring is recognised as an important modality in helping others to manage...

Validity of a two-question tool in detecting antenatal depression in Malawi

Validity of a two-question tool in detecting antenatal depression in Malawi

Establishing the validity of a two-question tool based on the Whooley questions

Asylum-seeking children

Mental health service needs and experiences of asylum-seeking children in the UK

A literature review of the needs and experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The development of simulated learning environments involving coroner’s court attendance in mental health nursing education

Simulated learning environments involving coroner’s court attendance in mental health

SLEs provide students with an opportunity to experience complex practice elements

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 3. Helping service users cope with schizophrenia

Well-being, physical and mental health: Helping service users cope with schizophrenia

Part 3 of our series explores the causes of schizophrenia and how it can lead to self-neglect


Nathan Filer

Exploring serious mental illness: an interview with nurse-turned-author Nathan Filer

For World Mental Health Day 2019 a former nurse talks about his latest book

Mental health conditions gave now overtaken musculoskeletal complaints as the number one reason for sickness absence among nurses.

Nurses open up about their mental health problems

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news

Mature students

Mature students are vital to mental health nursing – but numbers are dropping

Financial pressures put older potential candidates off mental health nursing as a career

Team offers intensive support to enable service-users to live independently

Rehabilitation by award-winning team enables people with mental illness to live at home

Rachel Luby

How one nurse helped break the taboo of talking about sex in mental healthcare settings

Rachel Luby impresses RCNi Nurse Awards judges with her determination and approach

Mental health conference

The mental health conference that felt more like a festival

Student-led conference on mental health nursing incorporated yoga, dance and social media


Image shows adult service users in a group support meeting

Community mental health framework aims to address inequalities in services

NHS England's framework ties in with plans to develop better integration of services

Nurse with bodycam

Nurse bodycam use: a benefit or a waste of resources?

Two leading nurses discuss whether body camera use in healthcare could be beneficial

Well-being guardians

We must all help to transform the well-being culture in the NHS

Well-being guardians may lead the way, but we all have our part to play


 Nursing is fast-paced in the emergency department

Mental health and adult nursing, plus the pace of emergency care – this role has it all

A dual-registration newly qualified nurse reflects on what she has learned in her first year

On the front line with a paramedic

A day spent shadowing a paramedic showed the complex range of skills this role requires, and the emotional side of the work

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support


Mental health lead Gill Drummond (right) receives the CNO Silver Award for Excellence in Nursing from chief nursing officer for England Ruth May

Mental health and dementia lead

Gill Drummond reflects on her career and what makes a good mental health nurse

Risq Animasaun

Senior staff nurse on a general psychiatric, female-only ward

I have an instinctive desire to provide care and support to people, says Risq Animasaun

Jodie Alder

Advanced nurse practitioner in personality disorder

Jodie Alder explains why she chose to work in secure services for men