Nursing Older People

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A line of figures depicting nurses. The image of one who has grey hair is being removed by an eraser at the end of a large pencil

‘I felt discarded’: how age discrimination can limit nursing careers

Ageism can stunt nurses’ careers and lead staff to leave or even retire

Outgoing chief executive Andrea Sufcliffe, who is resigning on health grounds

NMC chief executive resigns as she awaits neurosurgery following tumour diagnosis

My job is tough enough when you’re well, impossible when you’re not, says Andrea Sutcliffe

Close-up of nurse with tattooed arms crossed

Tattoos, piercings, false eyelashes now okay for nurses as trust relaxes uniform rule

Trust wants to celebrate inclusivity and allow people to be themselves in modern workplace

Photo of a piggy bank, illustrating story about a podcast on nurse pensions

Thinking of stopping your NHS pension? Here’s why you shouldn’t

The benefits of the NHS pension and why it is such good value for nurses

Photo of new NHS uniform in a range of colours, illustrating story about its introduction at an NHS trust in England

National nurses’ uniform to make its debut at NHS trust

Nurses in Derbyshire will be the first to wear the uniform, which comes in various colours

Senior staff nurse Gemma in a video where she explains the benefits of her new four-day week working for Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Four-day week roster has given me back my home life

Could your workplace be the next to adopt new shift pattern after popularity of pilot?

Evidence and Practice

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

Risk management and decision-making in dementia care

Risk management and decision-making in dementia care

Encouraging a proactive and person-centred approach to risk assessment and management


 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?


Image showing a group of people in profile representing different races and cultures, with different dress, hair colour and skin colour

Settling in as an international nursing student: tips and support

The interventions that can help, from cultural events to peer support and orientation

Illustration shows a nurse surrounded by images of key elements needed when working shifts: comfortable shoes; fruit and vegetables; time for hydration and a break, shown by a clock face and a cup; a bottle of water

Clinical placements survival guide: tips to help you cope with the shock of shift work

How to give yourself the best chance by eating well, requesting breaks and managing sleep

New job

How to secure your dream job in your favourite placement setting

Showing a passion for the nursing specialty and telling managers what you want will help


Illustration showing several nurses in uniform, seen from behind, walking along a winding pathway towards the words ‘nmc SIFE pathway’, with two large hands supporting them

Help for overseas nurses struggling to get on the register

How a new pathway has helped hundreds who narrowly failed their English language tests

A row of people in smart attire seated in a waiting area looking slightly anxious and preoccupied, as if waiting to be called into a job interview

Going for a job interview? How to overcome nerves and arrive prepared

Tips on bringing your best to interview and tackling stress and anxiety head-on

heree-Leigh Woodall, head of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at independent healthcare provider Practice Plus Group, pictured standing outside HMP Oakwood

Challenging discrimination: creating safe spaces for nurses and patients

My tips on using effective, inclusive leadership to improve care and staff retention