Nursing Older People

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Cupped hand holds two tablets, illustrating case of nurse suspended after stealing paracetamol from ward

Nurse suspended from register for stealing paracetamol from ward’s supplies for own use

It was common for staff to use ward paracetamol – I thought it was allowed, nurse told NMC

Aerial photograph of the now-closed Cawston Park Hospital, where inspectors found consistent failures

Nurse who failed to attempt CPR told she must not be in charge of a shift for 12 months

NMC ruled registrant failed to show leadership in an emergency and must retake training

Nursing student Karen Cochrane with daughter and the woman whose life she saved

Nursing student’s use of CPR saves woman’s life at airport

Karen Cochrane’s action after witnessing a heart attack is praised by family and staff

Close-up of West Streeting during the interview at St Mary’s Hospital in London, gesturing with his hands to emphasise a point

What would Labour do for us? Wes Streeting explains party’s plans for health and care

Read our interview with the man who wants to be health and social care secretary

A woman sits on a window sill looking outside, appearing depsondent. Some nurses who face fitness to practise proceedings say they experience depression, suicidal thoughts and professional alienation as a result

FtP: Yes it must be robust, but does it need to feel so intimidating and long-drawn out?

Why nurses deserve more compassionate, less traumatising treatment by the NMC

Illustration hsowing three nurses in uniform walking towards the exit door in a workplace, suggesting staff leaving their jobs

Newly registered but leaving nursing: is more support the answer?

Challenging dismissive attitudes, uncaring workplaces and ‘snowflake generation’ claims

Evidence and Practice

Using critical reflection to enhance the care of older people: a practice example

Using critical reflection to enhance the care of older people

A practice example shows how critical reflection helps nurses gain deeper understanding of...

Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol

Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol

Nurses can offer support using their relationships with patients to encourage healthy...

Incorporating advance care planning in dementia care

Incorporating advance care planning in dementia care

Meeting the palliative and end of life needs of people with dementia to live independently

An older man lies in a hospital bed while a specialist nurse records data and assesses his condition

How nurses can use assessment tools to detect delirium in older people – and manage it

The condition is a medical emergency – but various approaches can guide its nursing care

Wound care in older people: overcoming the challenges of assessment and management

Wound care in older people: overcoming challenges of assessment and management

Realistic aims and strategies tailored to patients’ needs can affect their quality of life

 Perceptions of the use of terms of endearment among older adults in an assisted living facility

The use of terms of endearment among older adults in an assisted living facility

Perceptions of elderspeak vary so they should be based on the preferences of the older adult


 Nurse behind seated patient stoops slightly and has her hands on his shoulders to express warmth and reassurance. Touch is a powerful way to show compassion in nursing

Using touch to show compassion: tailoring non-verbal communication to the individual

Judging when it’s appropriate to touch a patient or relative – and when it’s not

Bad manager

How to handle a bullying, weak or incompetent boss

Tips on initiating constructive conversations and where to seek support over poor leadership

A nurse in scrubs is frowning and hunching her shoulders in a sign of distress

Under excess pressure? The emotional signs of stress and how to deal with them

Tips for identifying worrying signs and supporting yourself and colleagues

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

An illustration showing a smiling nurse in uniform standing in front of a crowd, represented by several sets of hands raised high and clapping

Daunted by public speaking? Tips to take you from nervous to confident

Nurse experts share their advice on how to prepare well and engage an audience


A stoma bag is positioned on a patient’s abdomen by gloved hands

Stoma care: tips on how to support patients, dispel myths and banish stigma

Practical advice on nursing care and addressing individuals’ lifestyle concerns

Illustration of weighing sometimes conflicting interests in nursing care of patient choice against harm prevention shows scales with one frowny face on one side outweighed by multiple, smaller smiley faces

Patient choice versus harm prevention: where do you strike the balance?

Shared decision-making means providing information that allows informed consent

Blurred image of healthcare professionals moving at high speed with a hospital trolley along a corridor, suggesting the time and workload pressures facing emergency department staff

DNACPR tragedy will prey on the consciences of nurses involved, but they are all of us

Patient’s death tells us what we already know, but will it change anything?


A nursing student holds an otoscope to the ear of a manikin as her trainer looks on

From catheterisation to cannulation: how to hone your clinical skills

What nursing students can expect in a simulated clinical skills session

A female student looks downcast and worried as she walks alone outside of a university building while other students chat in the background, suggesting a nursing student who is isolated or struggling with their mental well-being

Support for students: what to do if you’re struggling with your mental health

Advice on how to seek help and strategies for coping with stress

Two nurses, one holding a reference book and the other a bottle of medicine, consult a display board in a ward setting

What does ‘prescriber-ready’ mean for nursing students?

And why not everyone will be ready for a prescribing course as soon as they register


A woman sits at a desk with a laptop in front of her, looking thoughtful as she reads what is on the screen, as if preparing a supporting statement for a job application

Job applications: how to write a strong supporting statement

Advice on showcasing your skills to secure an interview

Clinical staff in a prison hospital setting. They are working in a dark corridor,

From emergency decisions to primary care – what my prison nurse role involves

A newly registered nurse on what drew her to the role and what she’s learned so far

Image of a nurse holding a large arrow and pointing to a target as she runs up a flight of steps, as if planning her future career moves

Should you have a five-year career plan?

How networking, mentors and social media can help you set and reach your goals