Nursing Older People

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Nurses’ well-being: the badge that reminds others to ask after your mental health

The ‘Ask me how I am’ badge is designed to ensure staff’s own needs are not forgotten

district nurse talking to patient in her own home

District nursing heads into perfect storm, with demand rising as workforce dwindles

Queen’s Nursing Institute calls on next government to invest in staffing

Picture shows men sitting in a row of chairs receiving free blood tests to check their PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels to screen for prostate cancer. More than 2,000 men received the test in a weekend event run by a volunteer group in Reading.

Thousands queue for free prostate cancer check

More than 2,000 men had a free PSA test in an event run by volunteers

Two of the Nike shoes for nurses

Nike launches a range of shoes to support nurses during long shifts

Testing by healthcare staff informed the design of their ‘fit, cushioning and traction’

The Welsh Labour party political broadcast featured an actor dressed as a nurse

Welsh Labour withdraws political broadcast that features an actor playing a nurse

Parties must clarify use of actors if the audience could be ‘misled’ by their appearance

Jean Higgins presents a bouquet to the then Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen at a film premiere

Tributes paid to a proud pioneer of agency nursing

Jean Higgins ran an early nurse recruitment agency set up for the benefit of the NHS

Evidence and Practice

What is an older husband’s experience of caring for his wife who has dementia?

What is an older husband’s experience of caring for his wife who has dementia?

In this review, nursing implications are addressed and guidance proposed to offer support

Picture shows a care home supervisor talking to a resident. Healthcare professionals can help meet the needs of older people approaching the end of life by asking the right questions.

Surprise questions that can improve end of life care

Older people approaching the end of life can be helped by asking the right questions

Dietary intake of people with dementia on acute hospital wards

Dietary intake of people with dementia on acute hospital wards

This evaluation acknowledges the whole process of nutritional care for people with dementia

Meaningful engagement between secondary school students and older patients in an acute hospital

Engagement between secondary school students and older patients in an acute hospital

A project promoted meaningful interaction between schoolchildren and older patients

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Clinicians do not always recognise depression in older people as they attribute symptoms to...

Assessment and provision of continuing healthcare: an integrative literature review

Assessment and provision of continuing healthcare: an integrative literature review

Review of providing continuing healthcare in terms of staff roles, training and competencies

Features

Picture of RCNi Nurse Award 2019 winner Lindsay Rees

Could it be you? Entries now open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020

Nominate yourself or a colleague for this prestigious nursing award in 2020

Picture of members of a nurse-led digital health service who use a video link to triage older people in care and nursing homes, avoiding unnecessary admissions to the emergency department.

Nurses use video link to keep older people out of hospital

Link enables nurses to triage people in care and nursing homes, reducing hospital admissions

Pills

Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

Dementia Carers' Support Service carers and volunteers

Volunteers are transforming the care of people with dementia

The Dementia Carers’ Support Service helps carers draw on the experience of volunteers

DaisyMeakin and Loretta Peck

Dementia Carers’ Support Service was invaluable when I was caring for my dad

The service helped Loretta Peck care for her father – and prompted her to become a nurse

nurse care for man's leg wound in a practice setting

Wound care: treating the cause rather than simply covering it with a dressing

How to challenge the perceived inevitability associated with chronic wounds

Opinion

Stop blaming nurses for malnutrition in older people

Focus instead on the widespread myths in the community about healthy eating

Community

Treatment pathways must take account of cultural beliefs

Clinical systems must reflect the diverse range of beliefs that people hold

ROS bone health exercise

How to exercise safely with osteoporosis

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has issued guidance on the advice nurses should give

Students

A nurse sits talking to a nursing home resident as he undertakes a craft activity

Dementia at the end of life: why every nursing student needs to learn about it

An Admiral Nurse explains how she uses hospice placements to deepen students’ understanding

The students are asked ‘questions that are often challenging’

How teaching children about dementia helps you become a better communicator

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

Careers

Kellie Owen

A passion for collaboration

Kellie Owen, winner of the 2019 Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship, on influencing the culture of care homes

‘Don’t be too focused on the task at hand’

Admiral Nurse Sarah Oakwood on her ‘musts’ for working with older people

Care home support nurse

Primary care nurses must adapt ways of working due to an increase in frail older patients

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