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Picture shows a young woman sitting on a sofa looking pensive

NHS figures reveal April peak in nurse sickness absence due to COVID-19

Anxiety, stress and depression also accounted for one quarter of absences in May

Newly qualified nurses joining the NHS workforce in England

Nurse numbers in England up by more than 14,000, according to NHS data

University admissions figures also show record numbers accepting a place to study nursing

Community nurse Maria Levesley, sings in the studio to record her SSKIN song that raises awareness of pressure ulcers

SSKIN pressure ulcer song: award for team’s ‘uplifting’ awareness campaign

Community nurse’s rewrite of Pet Shop Boys hit has had thousands of views of YouTube

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Nurse cleanses the hand of a patient nearing the end of life – as Nursing Standard and Marie Curie ask nurses to complete their survey

Impact of the pandemic on end of life care: take part in our survey

Tell us how COVID-19 has affected the care of dying patients

10k for Nurses and Midwives campaign

Nurses urged to join the 10k challenge and help healthcare colleagues

10k for Nurses and Midwives campaign is run by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust

Photograph of tired nurse

Report calls for urgent review of impact of 12-hour shifts on nurses

The King’s Fund makes recommendations to improve well-being of staff

Evidence and Practice

Dignity, well-being and identity: a qualitative study of older people’s interpretations of how healthcare workers speak to them

Dignity, well-being and identity: a qualitative study of older people’s interpretations...

Why you should read this article: • To understand how the way nurses speak to older people...

Meaningful activity in advanced dementia

Meaningful activity in advanced dementia

Why you should read this article: • To acknowledge that the research base for meaningful...

Developing a dementia care leaders’ toolkit for older patients with cognitive impairment

Developing a dementia care leaders’ toolkit for older patients with cognitive impairment

Why you should read this article: • To understand the acute hospital experiences of older...

Picture shows a group of older people hiking in the countryside

How do I encourage older people to become physically active?

Types of physical activity that can benefit older adults and some suggested resources

How can identifying and grading frailty support older people in acute and community settings?

How can identifying and grading frailty help in acute and community settings?

Designing bespoke services for individuals with frailty in the community and hospital

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Improving the provision of nutritional care for people living with dementia in care homes

Improving the provision of nutritional care for people living with dementia in care...

How care home staff can improve nutritional care for people living with dementia

Features

Picture shows an older woman holding a toothbrush in her mouth

Nurse educators' initiative improves oral health of care home residents...

Response was prompted by CQC report on lack of oral health training in many care homes

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The nursing home team that helped me fight for a ‘second life’

Patient’s Choice nominee Rekha Govindan changed the prognosis for a man given weeks to live

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Support when families need it most: ‘health visitors may not know the impact they have’

Patient’s Choice nominee Noreen Ferguson helped a family deal with their son’s diagnosis

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Safeguarding against the odds: ‘this highlights what learning disability nurses do’

Patient’s Choice award nominee Marie Perry ‘went all out’ to ensure a young man’s safety

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Cardiac arrest on a long-haul flight: ‘this brave young nurse saved my life’

As a nursing student, Patient’s Choice nominee Isobel Corrie gave CPR to a fellow passenger

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Rebecca Betts-Richards

A champion for people with personality disorders: ‘our nurse always puts us first’

How Patient’s Choice nominee Rebecca Betts-Richards supports mental health service users

Opinion

Frail older man lying on bed. Older people with frailty tend to present late and often in crisis at the emergency department

How to spot frailty in older people and what emergency nurses can do to improve care

Older people living with frailty tend to present late and often in crisis at the ED

Successful nursing handovers: tips for every shift

Clear communication is critical. Here’s how to make the most of handovers

Keeping older patients active: undoing the adverse effects of lockdown

The challenge of addressing deconditioning, that unwelcome by-product of social distancing

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

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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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