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Images of UK healthcare professionals who died during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: UK health and social care staff deaths among the world’s highest

Amnesty International says figures for England and Wales are second only to Russia

Covid testing centre

Test all hospital staff if one member has COVID-19, suggests health leader

NHS England director for acute care says the move would help to ‘keep a lid on the outbreaks’

What will the ‘new normal’ look like for nursing?

COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while – as are some of the related changes to care

Picture shows Georgia Morgan with Amelia, 8, and Jacob, 5

Nurse couple reunited with children after separation due to COVID-19

‘Lots of smiles, hugs and some tears’ following ten weeks apart

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Increase in nursing degree applications ‘not enough to hit recruitment target’

Despite the rise, RCN says the government is still not on track for 50,000 more nurses

Picture of artist Max Denison-Pender

COVID-19: artist paints portraits of front-line nurses

Portrait artist aimed to create a lasting reminder of NHS staff's work during the pandemic

Evidence and Practice

Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness: the development of a health passport

Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness: the...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the physical health needs of people with...

Exploring the effects of clinical simulation on nursing students’ learning and practice

Exploring the effects of clinical simulation on nursing students’ learning and practice

Why you should read this article: • To reflect on the benefits of using simulation-based...

Reporting and recording sexual safety incidents in inpatient mental health settings

Reporting and recording sexual safety incidents in inpatient mental health settings

Why you should read this article: • To be aware of the incidence of sexual safety incidents...

Developing the mindful nurse practitioner

Developing the mindful nurse practitioner

Why you should read this article: • To understand the principles behind the concept of...

Stigma and help-seeking behaviours of men with depression: a literature review

Stigma and help-seeking behaviours of men with depression: a literature review

Why you should read this article: • To understand why men are less frequently diagnosed with...

Exploring the benefits of a psychoeducation session for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and co-morbid depression and/or anxiety

Exploring the benefits of a psychoeducation session for patients with chronic...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the co-morbid mental health conditions that...

Features

Shame, stigma and sexual dysfunction: the overlooked diabetes complications

Some physical and mental health issues common in people with diabetes are not discussed

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Mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Life in lockdown: how social distancing complicates existing mental health conditions

Mental health nurses discuss how the pandemic affects clients and disrupts services

Picture is partial shot of woman’s face with her eye closed. Collaborating with service users on sleep issues is crucial to care outcomes, says occupational therapist Jessica Oglethorpe

Seven ways to improve sleep on mental health wards

Collaborating with service users on sleep issues is crucial to care outcomes

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Advanced care planning

COVID-19: how nurses can facilitate advance care planning

Conversations about end of life care are important for the patient and those close to them

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

Opinion

Could survivor’s guilt be a lasting impact for patients recovering from COVID-19?

Research nurses say some patients experience anxiety and guilt after discharge

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Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

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Picture shows a medic visiting a patient's home. Both are wearing masks.

COVID-19 and mental health nursing: what’s next?

One challenge is finding a balance between virtual interventions and face-to-face meetings

Students

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Isolated student

COVID-19: why we must protect the mental health of international nursing students

The anxiety and isolation caused by the crisis may be particularly acute for this group

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Rebecca Hackfath

COVID-19: what it’s like working and studying in the middle of a pandemic

One student’s experience working at an isolation unit for mental health patients

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

Careers

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Remote support for families during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: supporting people with dementia during the pandemic

How an Admiral nurse has adapted her role to help families cope during the crisis

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team of nurses sitting talking, showing importance of debriefing

Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

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

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