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Illustration of NHS staff standing round giant NHS letters with UK and EU flag colours on it. Picture: Daniel Mitchell

Nurses from outside UK tell of negative workplace experiences since Brexit referendum

Foreign staff say prejudice and barriers to career progression might force them out of NHS

Patient Janet Adams on the ward with her husband Arthur and daughter and son-in law on their wedding day

Nurse brings wedding day to the ward for mother of the bride

Patient Janet Adams was too unwell to attend ceremony, but didn’t miss out on the occasion

Board game aims to stimulate nurses to identify and discuss domestic violence and abuse

The board game that helps you identify domestic violence and abuse

Nurse lecturer’s learning tool aims to get healthcare staff talking about how they can help

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Illustration of a door allowing access to the UK, with a world map in the background

Proposed £36,000 salary threshold for migrants ‘should not apply to nurses’

Think tank’s suggested minimum salary threshold sparks nurse recruitment concerns

over 26,000 children and young people were admitted to hospital in England after poisoning themselves in 2017-18

PHE reveals latest figures for hospital admissions of young people for self-poisoning

In 2017-18 there were 26,293 admissions, with young women most likely to be admitted

Evidence and Practice

Restrictive interventions: a service evaluation

Restrictive interventions: a service evaluation

Background Restrictive interventions (RIs) are defined as the use of deliberate acts that...

Open access
Resettlement experiences of African migrants in Australia and how they affect mental health

Resettlement experiences of African migrants and how they affect mental health

African migrants' mental health and future aspirations after resettling in Australia

Nursing care plans in mental health

Nursing care plans in mental health

An exploration of best practice in co-creating recovery-orientated care plans

Development of a behavioural assessment tool for use in forensic mental health services

Development of a behavioural assessment tool for use in forensic mental health services

This article presents the Forensic Functional Assessment Measure (FFAM): a tool to assess...

Positive behaviour support: exploring the experiences of nurses

Positive behaviour support: exploring the experiences of nurses

Nurses should be encouraged to take a lead in the formulation of PBS plans and their delivery

Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Equipping students with the skills and knowledge to work in a trauma-informed framework

Features

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

Derek Barron

My role in the review of forensic mental health services

Chair of the review Derek Barron talks to Mental Health Practice

Hospital opens door to fresh start for patients with personality disorder

A hospital’s ‘open door’ helps people with emotionally unstable personality disorder to cope

Opinion

Illustration shows figure of woman standing on a signpost holding a telescope. 

Mental health transformation plan limited by nurse numbers

Ambitious NHS plan fails to acknowledge 'workforce hill we all must climb'...

Remote access

Taking the service to the service user could improve rural access to mental healthcare

Roving clinics can help provide care in remote places to combat loneliness and isolation

Speak out

Why we need to hear maverick voices more in mental health nursing

In the 2019 Skellern Lecture, Mick McKeown argues for better services and a better world

Students

On the front line with a paramedic

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

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to...

Going outside your comfort zone can help connect with patients

By learning more about football, mental health nursing student Felicity Allman was able to...

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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