Opinion

Comment

Single-sex spaces: why we need a balanced discussion on women’s and trans rights

Call for the NMC to exit Stonewall’s diversity programme shows how polarised the debate is

Ideas welcome: how to innovate to improve patient care

All nurses can be leaders in innovation, whatever their job title, pay scale or experience

Why ‘Seni’s law’ will help mental health units reduce dangers of restraint

The new law identifies topics that must be included in mental health staff training

Bereavement support crisis: how should we shape future services?

Even before the pandemic, provision was inadequate. Share your views on joined-up support

Mental health reforms must address racial disparities in experiences of care

Many black people’s first crisis interaction with the mental health sector involves police

Glove use: the COVID-19-driven habit we need to break

The pandemic has blurred understanding of guidance, so it’s time we were clear on the basics

Expert advice

Triage

Manchester Triage System: all you need to know about critical mental health updates

Clinical tool ensures parity of care for people in mental health crises presenting to the ED

Standardised uniforms for nurses: who will wear them and when?

Uniform for NHS staff in England will have a dress option and reflect cultural diversity

Seasonal affective disorder: what it is, treatment options – and do light boxes work?

SAD’s multiple risk factors – including shift changes – may mean many nurses are at risk

Patient consent

Patient consent or assent – what’s the difference?

Advice on gaining consent, and what to do if a patient lacks capacity

Agenda for Change: what nurses need to know as they consider the latest pay offer

The system aims to offer transparent pay and conditions – but is it still fit for purpose?

Occupational health services are here to support staff – so why the stigma?

Find out what a referral for physical and mental well-being interventions really involves

Editorial

Nursing Awards: a truly global mental health practitioner of our times

Meet the winner of the Mental Health Nursing category of the RCN Nursing Awards 2021

What is the role of a nursing associate in mental health?

Acceptance of the role is driven by the reality of nursing shortages

Looking back to the future of the mental health nursing profession

Neil Brimblecombe reflects on how practitioners’ roles have evolved over the years

2021 RCN Nursing Awards: search for the best innovations in mental health nursing is on

Entries are open for this year’s mental health nursing category of the RCN Nursing Awards. Be in it to win it

Have your say on Mental Health Act reforms

Nurses can contribute to the white paper consultation on replacing the Mental Health Act 1983

COVID-19: will you as a mental health nurse get vaccinated?

You may decide not to have the vaccine, but there are questions you should ask yourself first

Your views

Suicide, suspected Munchausen by Proxy, and pets

Understanding the powerful effect animals can have for a person who has mental health issues.

Distressed man

No turf wars in mental health - put the patient first

There is no room for 'turf wars' in mental health care, says Dr Adrian James, Registrar at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Reviews

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

The blurb on the back cover says this book is for nurses and other professionals in mental health practice, but the contents are clearly directed towards nursing students

Out of the Woods: A journey through depression and anxiety

Brent Williams provides a compelling insight into the experience of depression told mainly through pictures

Book review: Treating Body and Soul – A clinicians’ guide to supporting the physical,...

Little is added to the debate on spirituality and care by the outdated ideas in this book

Edinburgh Fringe review

Lesley Warner reviews plays with mental health themes at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Book review: Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide (Second edition)

Self-employed nursing advisor David Harding-Price reviews Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide by Caroline Kinsella and Connor Kinsella

Book review: Proper People: Early Asylum Life in the Words of Those Who Were There (...

Visiting teaching fellow Liam Clarke reviews Proper People: Early Asylum Life in the Worlds of Those Who were There by David Scrimgeour

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