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Photo of Taurai Matare meeting Boris Johnson

RCN Nurse of the Year praised by prime minister

Taurai Matare met Boris Johnson during his publicity visit to London hospital

illustration shows hands posting ballot papers into a ballot box as Northern Ireland RCN members prepare to vote on whether to take industrial action

Strike ballot: RCN names the date for industrial action vote in Northern Ireland

Low pay and nurse staffing levels have left members ‘angry and disillusioned’

Hospice nurse with a patient – Arthur Rank hospice has become first to join Cavell Nurses Trust employee support scheme

Cavell Nurses' Trust welcomes hospice to its staff welfare scheme

Cambridge Hospice will encourage staff facing hardship to use the programme

Omar Salem (left) confronts Boris Johnson as Alan Gurney (centre) looks on Picture: PA

Prime minister tackled on nursing shortages by angry father during hospital visit

Omar Salem confronted prime minister Boris Johnson during a press visit to a London hospital

Male nurse being kind to a colleague

Nurses – be kinder to each other and patients will benefit, says NHS trust

New project urges staff to appreciate colleagues and check on their welfare

RCN advertising campaign will target the public in a bid to secure a safe nurse staffing law in England

Safe nurse staffing campaign: RCN takes its fight to the public

College appeals for the public’s support in its bid to secure a safe staffing law in England

Evidence and Practice

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

How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia

How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia

Recognising the integral role of carers of patients with dementia is vital

Telehealth

Cognitive assessment using face-to-face and videoconferencing methods

Can small portable technology be effective in administering cognitive assessments?

COPD

Helping people live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

How nurses can have a positive effect on the lives of people with COPD

Push-on mower

Care home residents can benefit from carrying out everyday activities

Safety concerns prevent care home residents doing everyday tasks that benefit them

Older people’s use of non-pharmacological interventions for chronic, non-cancer pain and comfort

Use of non-pharmacological interventions for chronic, non-cancer pain and comfort

This study may assist in planning effective pain treatment for older adults with chronic pain

Features

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

Care home staff and patients

How technology can improve residents' well-being...

Four Seasons Health Care's Quality of Life programme collects and acts on feedback

Care home initiative reduces falls without curbing residents’ activities

Embracing positive risk has reduced falls and let residents pursue activities they enjoy

Derek Barron

My role in the review of forensic mental health services

Chair of the review Derek Barron talks to Mental Health Practice

Three decades of older people's nursing reflected in our pages

A dip into our archives, and the recollections of two former editors

Opinion

Illustration in rainbow colours of a crowd of people in silhouette. Paul Edwards, director of clinical services for Dementia UK, says healthcare systems such as the dementia diagnostic pathway must be flexible in adapting to people’s deeply held beliefs

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

Dementa_support

How an enhanced care initiative has improved dementia services

Introduction of an enhanced nursing care team has reduced use of costly support staff

Students

Importance of preventing pressure ulcers was highlighted by training

A student on placement gained confidence after training to manage pressure ulcers in older patients

A good death

It is an honour to give someone the ‘right’ death

Caring for a dying patient and providing last offices helped nursing student Tristan Crombie realise the importance of ensuring dignity in death

Lessons learned in a hospice

A placement at a hospice will inform this student's practice for the rest of his career

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

Jobs