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‘We can help women stop a tragic cycle’: meet our RCN Nurse of the Year 2021

Nicola Bailey defied opposition to set up abortion care in Northern Ireland amid the pandemic

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Katie McIlroy

Community nurse looked beyond labels and ‘held on to hope when I lost mine’

Katie McIlroy has been nominated for the Patient’s Choice award for care of women with complex mental and physical needs

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Jodie Heath

Community mental healthcare: ‘My son felt listened to when he talked to his nurse’

Jodie Heath nominated for the 2021 Patient's Choice award for supporting young patient's complex health needs

How one specialist personality disorder unit stopped using restraints and restrictions

Dialectical behavioural therapy has transformed nursing care in an inpatient recovery unit

‘I had to be sectioned’: the nurse who became the patient

Rachel Davis draws on personal experience of depression and psychosis to educate her peers

Nurses and stress: how performing arts skills can improve self-care and communication

Training given by actors is helping NHS staff to look after themselves better

Living with… borderline personality disorder

Hollie Berrigan discusses the sometimes devastating effects of a BPD diagnosis

Magnet hospitals: what makes them places where nurses want to work?

Why UK hospitals are trialling the US model and what it means for staff and patients

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Nurses’ time to shine: how to get started on your RCN Nursing Awards entry

Advice from winners, nominees and our chair of judges to help you celebrate your achievements

Hand hygiene: how can you be sure your workplace is getting it right?

Compliance is critical to patient safety, but monitoring it is far from straightforward

Mental health: delivering specialist support and care for military veterans

New service Op COURAGE provides specialist services for veterans

Storytelling: a way to build therapeutic relationships in mental health settings

How storytelling offers positive mental health benefits and is a useful de-escalation tool

Glove use and vaccinations: what the COVID-19 guidance says

There has been some confusion over whether gloves should be worn by vaccinators

COVID-19 vaccination: your guide to consent

Managing this vital part of the roll-out, plus the process for those who lack capacity

Older people abuse: how nurses can spot the signs and what to do about it

It is vital that nurses recognise abuse, be it physical, emotional, financial or sexual

How to use social media to get health messages to patients and the public

Use digital technology to support self-management and communicate with hard-to-reach groups

How a beauty salon boosts creativity and recovery on a psychiatric intensive care unit

Shannon Ward’s move into beauty therapy helps patients to better mental health and recovery

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

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