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Conservative party election win

RCN vows to hold Conservatives to account over campaign pledges for nurses

Newly-elected Conservatives urged to tackle nursing shortages and release funds for students

Passenger in moving car

Uber to offer nurses discounted transport and food at Christmas

NHS staff can claim two trips or meals worth up to £10 each

Differing medical record systems between NHS trusts ‘risk the safety of patients’

Study in England reveals 21 systems that fail to share information effectively

collation of three ICN posters, each showing an image of a nurse with patients, behind the slogan 'Nursing the world to health'

2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife ‘our chance to jump-start a new way to see nursing’

International Council of Nurses reveals how it will promote the profession

Award-winning app slashes nursing student dropout rate

University’s scheme helps tutors identify placement issues at an early stage

date of pay day is circled on a calendar

‘Ministers must scrap cruel healthcare surcharge overseas nurses are forced to pay’

RCN urges next UK government to promise an end to the immigration health surcharge for nurses

Evidence and Practice

Alcohol use of UK military personnel during active service and on return to civilian life: veterans’ experiences

Veterans’ experiences of alcohol use of UK military personnel

On leaving active service, veterans should be provided with greater mental health support

Use of a mnemonic to support suicide intervention training for nursing students

Use of a mnemonic to support suicide intervention training for nursing students

Update your knowledge of the nurse’s role in suicide assessment and management

Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction group programme on family carers

Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction group programme on family carers

Study identified that mindfulness skills can be used in various ways in family carers’ lives

An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role clinicians in community mental health

An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role...

There is a wealth of literature focusing on the transition from being a new graduate to...

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a literature review

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a...

Background Crisis houses are an alternative to acute psychiatric hospital admission. Aim To...

Rethinking concurrent disorders: implications and future directions for nursing practice

Rethinking concurrent disorders: implications and future directions for nursing practice

Concurrent disorders as conceptualised in academic literature and practice guidelines

Features

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

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

Opinion

Never turn someone away because they are ‘not thin enough’ to have anorexia

Challenge stigma around eating disorders and take opportunities to prevent illness escalating

Picture shows a stressed young woman being interviewed by another woman. The ‘place and train’ approach of individual placement and support has proved effective in keeping people with mental health conditions in jobs.

Job support a key to mental health recovery

Individual placement and support (IPS) has helped keep people with mental health conditions in work

Picture shows a woman talking to a counsellor about anxiety and depression. A five-year initiative by the WHO seeks to ensure access to high quality and affordable mental health care for an additional 100 million people in 12 countries.

WHO’s $60 million mental health initiative should not ignore nursing

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organization’s five-year mental health plan

Students

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

 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

Mental health

What it takes to be a mental health nurse

A complex mix of skills is needed to put people in control of their situation

Careers

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

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