Nursing Older People

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Nurses need legal protection for care compromised by pandemic, says nursing leader

Nicki Credland calls for legal protection for nurses as staffing pressures continue

Army deployment in NHS hospitals exposes scale of staffing crisis

Soldiers help relieve twin pressures of COVID-related staff absence and soaring bed demand

Picture shows piles of £1 coins and assorted UK bank notes.

Pay rise for nurses would boost wider economy, report says

RCN welcomes ‘compelling argument’ in consultancy report supporting nurses’ pay rise

Man sits on floor next to child, both are looking sad

COVID-19 death in service: nurses’ families need support to claim pay-out

Unions urge higher take-up of NHS and social care coronavirus life assurance scheme

Picture of healthcare assistant Rachel Trott, who has died after testing positive for COVID-19

HCA with three young children dies from COVID-19

Rachel Trott had started her first NHS job only three months earlier at a hospital in Kent

COVID-19 cardiac complications: counting the long-term cost

The virus has been linked to heart damage, but has also disrupted care across the specialty

Evidence and Practice

How do I manage delirium in older people with COVID-19?

Delirium is a common coronavirus symptom, and people in long-term care facilities are at risk

Holistic pain assessment in older people and older people living with dementia

Holistic pain assessment in older people and older people living with dementia

Nurses have a crucial role in pain assessment for older people and those living with dementia

Fast-track training of temporary healthcare support workers to supplement hospital staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

Fast-track training of temporary healthcare support workers to supplement hospital...

Why you should read this article: • To learn how a hospital in Scotland supplemented its...

Palliative and end of life care for people with advanced dementia

Palliative and end of life care for people with advanced dementia

Why you should read this article: • To recognise that people living with advanced dementia...

Using virtual care interventions to provide person-centred care to hospitalised older people with dementia

Using virtual care interventions for hospitalised older people with dementia

Using iPads can help patients connect with family and take part in person-centred activities

My research study improves patient care – how can I share it?

Tips and rules for successfully sharing your research at a conference or professional meeting

Features

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A collage showing the nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Helping care home staff monitor residents and identify early signs of deterioration

Nurse helps develop version of NEWS2 to support care in residential and nursing homes

Best apps for nurses: the help that’s just a click away

The smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too

Submitting a written statement: what you need to know

The RCN’s quick reference guide will help you to avoid the common pitfalls

How nurses can help to rehabilitate care home residents after COVID-19

Nurses can use their skills to unlock the potential for rehabilitation of older people in...

Opinion

Patient consent

COVID-19 vaccine consent and dementia: implications and advice

Gaining consent and supporting people with dementia around the vaccination programme

We’ve given our all in the COVID-19 response – but it’s not over yet

As the vaccination programme gets underway, nurses step up again

Care homes and COVID-19: nurses must work closely with families to ensure safe visits

New guidance and effective infection control can reduce the risks to residents and staff

Students

From care assistant to registered nurse: taking the foundation course route

Two students’ experiences of juggling a nursing course and placements with a care home role

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Phone project helps to ease the loneliness of lockdown

Easing loneliness in lockdown: the nursing student initiative that’s just a call away

Making phone calls to isolated older people also help students develop communication skills

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 nursing students’ understanding

Careers

Nursing patients with frailty: how to create a complex needs team

Combining the skills of a frailty nurse and a GP to provide holistic care in the community

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

Remote support for families during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: supporting people with dementia during the pandemic

How an Admiral nurse has adapted her role to help families cope during the crisis

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