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 Alice Kit Tak Ong (left) and Rebecca Mack (right)

COVID-19: tributes paid after death of two more nurses

Employers and loved ones praise dedication of Alice Kit Tak Ong and Rebecca Mack

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Reusing single-use PPE

COVID-19: ‘promised PPE supplies are not reaching front-line staff’

Inadequate provision is compromising nurse and patient safety, RCN warns

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CPR during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses receive conflicting advice on PPE and resuscitation

Public Health England guidance contrasts with Resuscitation Council advice on CPR

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A nurse dialling a mobile phone. The helpline is designed to support NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: mental health helpline for nurses opens

NHS staff can speak to volunteers from charities such as Hospice UK and the Samaritans

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Handwashing and PPE

COVID-19 survey: RCN calls for nurses’ feedback on the crisis

Three-pronged survey will look at healthcare staff’s experiences throughout the pandemic

Trainee nurses in Zambia

Report reveals extent of global nursing shortage – and how to address it

Findings show ‘investment in the nursing profession is a benefit to society, not a cost’

Evidence and Practice

Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services

Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services

Mental health practitioners can support service users to move beyond traumatic events

The ‘shift reflection’ model of group reflective practice: a pilot study in an acute mental health setting

The ‘shift reflection’ model of group reflective practice: a pilot study in an acute...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of the challenges that mental...

Differentiating between borderline personality disorder and autism spectrum disorder

Differentiating between borderline personality disorder and autism spectrum disorder

Why you should read this article • To enhance your knowledge of the similarities and...

Three issues for mental health nurse educators preparing new preregistration programmes

Three issues for mental health nurse educators preparing new preregistration programmes

Areas nurse educators need to address when developing preregistration nursing programmes

Sensory modulation in mental health practice

Sensory modulation in mental health practice

An introduction to sensory modulation, identifying optimal practice and requirements

Timely diagnosis and disclosure of dementia for patients and their families: exploring the views of GPs

Timely diagnosis and disclosure of dementia for patients and their families

Mental health nurses have an important role in providing expertise to GPs

Features

Neal Aplin

Living with… post-traumatic stress disorder

Neal Aplin recounts how he learned to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event

Picture of Clare Wood with her carer, Sandy. She describes her struggle with paranoid schizophrenia and appeals nurses to encourage hope, show empathy and understand that recovery is unique for each service user.

Living with… paranoid schizophrenia

In this article Clare Wood underlines that recovery is unique for everyone

Illustration of mental health service users discussing cervical screening with healthcare professionals

Cervical cancer screening resources to address mental health disparities

Support for women service users with severe mental illness to access screening

Picture shows someone counting cash. The article says nurses need to learn about personal health budgets, which allow patients to use NHS funding to purchase care outside traditionally commissioned services.

Adding personal health budgets to your mental health nursing skill set

The budgets empower patients to self-manage care and regain control of their lives

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Pictured at RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 are (L-R) RCN council chair Sue Warner, clinical psychologist Kate Fillingham of East London NHS Foundation Trust, Rachel Luby and tv presenter Kate Garraway. Entries are now open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020.

Award winners champion sexual health and rehabilitation of mental health service users

As entries open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020, past winners reflect on their career-changing experiences

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

Opinion

Illustration of a woman with an eating disorder

Eating disorders: why mental health nurses’ role in recovery is crucial

Nurses are perfectly positioned to help and support people with eating disorders

Picture is abstract multicoloured illustration showing silhouettes of faces. By joining together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice advocating for the profession and improving outcomes for individuals and communities, says Vicki Hines-Martin

Nursing unity can help bridge mental health gap

Nurses can be a powerful voice in 2020 advocating for better care outcomes

Students

Illustration of self-care

Don’t neglect your mental health – it’s time to be kind to yourself

Nurse training can take its toll, so learn techniques to improve your mood and performance

Confidentiality illustration

Patient confidentiality: how a complicated case created an ethical and legal dilemma

A service user’s chlamydia diagnosis taught me lessons about disclosure and breach of trust

Picture shows a scene from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A nurse is producing podcasts that aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice.

Nurse’s podcasts tell true story of life on mental health wards

Podcasts aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice

Careers

head of mental health nursing for NHS England and NHS Improvement Emma Wadey

The nurse leader who is determined to keep one foot on the front line of care

Emma Wadey is a nurse at the top of the NHS, but don’t ask her to give up clinical practice

two men in face to face discussion

Why forensic mental health nursing is such a rewarding career

A challenging role where compassion and advocacy go hand in hand with public protection

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

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