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Scholarship led to national roll out of an innovative communication tool for young...

Joanna Poole on why a Florence Nightingale Emerging Leaders Scholarship improved communication with patients and reinvigorated her career

‘Winning an RCNi Nurse Award increased my self-confidence and inspired me to do more’

Paediatric emergency nurse Drew McDonald won the Child Health category in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 for his project developing a sepsis recognition tool for triage. He talks to Elaine Cole about the positive effect that winning the award has had on his practice and his personal development

My elective in Malawi highlighted the true values of nursing

Final year nursing student Sarah S Ball reflects on her trip to a remote village in Malawi, and how the duty of care is still at the heart of good practice.

Children will tell it how it is, so listen to them

Being one of only two learning disability consultants working in children’s hospitals in the UK, Joann Kiernan knows the sector and the skills that come with it, very well.

Look after yourself

Caring for yourself when you are the patient

Being a nurse doesn’t give immunity from long-term illness: points to consider after being diagnosed

Sickness

Study highlights link between unfairness and staff sickness

Work dissatisfaction can affect health, recruitment and retention

My job

'Seek a mentor and don't be afraid to ask for feedback'

GOSH chief nurse discusses why the NHS is something to safeguard and cherish

Neil Evans

From car salesman to palliative care children's nurse

A chance encounter led Neil Evans to become a nurse at a hospice charity providing children and young people with end-of-life care. Here, he reflects on his experiences

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Palliative and end of life care can be a rewarding choice

Palliative care clinical nurse specialist for children and young people Vera Clement describes why she is dedicated to improving choice for end of life care

60 seconds with advanced nurse practitioner Emma Masters

Emma Masters’ patients are young people undergoing cancer treatment

Doris Corkin

Doris Corkin: 'My students’ achievements inspire me greatly'

Senior lecturer in education at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast Doris Corkin discusses her career

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Kath Evans: ‘Working to improve child health is everyone’s business’

Kath Evans, director of nursing for babies, children and young people at Barts Health NHS Trust, discusses the importance of asking children how their care could be improved, and why nurses need good role models.

Research in practice

The word ‘Hope’ written in sand on a beach. Picture: iStock

What hope means for families of children with rare diseases in clinical trials

Does ‘hope’ help as a coping mechanism in clinical trials or give rise to misconceptions and possibly false hope?

Pregnant women at a parent support group

Experiences of pregnant women with fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease

Parent support groups have an important role for women with fetal abnormalities

Involving bereaved parents in research design can be a mutually beneficial experience

Tara Kerr-Elliott’s interviews influenced a proposed study on post-death care

Child feeding

How patient involvement enhances research into feeding children during BMT

By sharing their views patients, families and researchers can ensure research is relevant

Is high-flow nasal cannula therapy feasible for managing bronchiolitis in ED?

A literature review examines potential benefits of using high-flow nasal cannula therapy

How to spot the signs of self harm in a young person and handle the situation

Nursing students at the University of Leeds looked into the issue of self-harm as part their studies on the mental health of children and young people

Research and commentary

Picture shows a newborn baby undergoing blood spot screening. Research shows that the way parents are told after screening that their child may have cystic fibrosis can affect the depth and duration of their distress.

Sensitive diagnosis lessens parents’ upset over cystic fibrosis

How parents are told their child may have cystic fibrosis can affect their distress

Picture shows abstract image of child talking to her mother. A study explored whether children experienced less long-term stress if they were informed about their medical condition and planned surgery

What should parents tell children admitted to hospital about their diagnosis?

Lucy Bray looks at the implications for practice of a study examining how parents share medical information with their children

When a child dies, grandparents have unique support needs

The emotional pain felt by grandparents is often overlooked

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Waiting on a newborn’s result from a heel prick test is an anxious time for parents

Healthcare professionals’ and parents’ experiences of the confirmatory testing period

What parents need to know about cystic fibrosis adult services

Parents managing a child’s cystic fibrosis need help when they switch to adult services

Asthma

Exploring new methods of adherence assessment for asthma care

Study looks at using an electronic monitoring device to measure adherence to treatment in young people with severe asthma

Research essentials

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How to write for professional and academic journals

Once you have made the decision to publish your work the next step is to consider your intended audience. Knowing your audience will also assist you to consider which journal is the most appropriate for your article.

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Responding to, and learning from, peer review feedback

Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence, or who have expertise in the same area of practice.

Social media

How to use social media to disseminate research findings

Traditionally, research and theoretical studies have been disseminated through articles published in journals or via conferences as oral or poster presentations. However, the rise of the internet and social media in particular has broadened opportunities. Work can now be published in novel ways, and social media can be used to draw attention to work that has been published in traditional media. This article will guide you through some of these.

Designing a presentation

How to prepare conference abstracts and poster presentations

Hints and tips on preparing an engaging and targeted abstract for a conference presentation, as well as creating a high-impact poster.

Presenting to a committee

How to apply for research ethics committee approval

This article explores when and where ethical approval is required and how this should be undertaken.

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Considerations when costing research grants

Conducting research to a high standard requires funding and grant applications to funding bodies need a detailed breakdown of justified costs to show value for money. All expenditure must be accounted for, even down to the cost of tea and coffee.

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