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Older people safe during COVID-19

COVID-19: free books and posters aim to keep people with dementia safe

An older people's nurse has co-authored resources to help people with dementia stay safe

Brentford residents clap for NHS staff

COVID-19: public to applaud NHS staff again tonight – in what may become a weekly event

Clapping from doorsteps, windows and balconies begins at 8pm


COVID-19: a guide to the big issues for nurses

Frequently asked questions on issues such as self-isolation, sick pay and redeployment

PPE supplies for nurses during COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19: RCN demands action over ‘unconscionable’ lack of PPE

Reports some front-line nurses have been told to cope without PPE when supplies run low

Graph illustrating nurse’s pay increase from 2018-20

Nurses in England receive final annual pay rise in line with 2018 three-year deal

1.7% pay rise a 'little bit of cheer' during COVID-19 pandemic

Birmingham NEC and image of Mary Seacole

Calls for other temporary COVID-19 hospitals to be named after influential nurses

Mary Seacole among figures requested by petition and social media posts

Evidence and Practice

Introduction to living with advanced dementia series

Introduction to living with advanced dementia series

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the importance of evidence-based best...

Use of night-time positioning equipment in care home residents with postural asymmetry: a pilot study

Use of night-time positioning equipment in care home residents with postural asymmetry...

Why you should read this article: • To understand how suboptimal posture in older people can...

Open access
Digital health technology: factors affecting implementation in nursing homes

Digital health technology: factors affecting implementation in nursing homes

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of the potential benefits of...

Sexual health and well-being in later life

Sexual health and well-being in later life

This article defines sexual health and explores the changes people experience in later life

Care homes

Defining, monitoring and improving quality in Welsh care homes

Why you should read this article • To understand the different definitions of quality • To...

Many older people use multiple medicines, medicines optimisation helps to ensure safe and appropriate polypharmacy

Why is medicines optimisation important for older people living with frailty?

Medicines optimisation can help ensure appropriate polypharmacy


Nurses transform mouth care with oral hygiene plan

Two nurses devised single-use oral hygiene kit that hangs on patients’ bedsides

Picture of RCNi Nurse Award 2019 winner Lindsay Rees

Could it be you? Entries now open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020

Nominate yourself or a colleague for this prestigious nursing award in 2020

Picture of members of a nurse-led digital health service who use a video link to triage older people in care and nursing homes, avoiding unnecessary admissions to the emergency department.

Nurses use video link to keep older people out of hospital

Link enables nurses to triage people in care and nursing homes, reducing hospital admissions


Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

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


COVID-19: illustration showing how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

COVID-19: how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

Blurring organisational boundaries and how we share information are among the changes

SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

Malnutrition and older people

Why unexpected weight loss in older people should not be ignored

Nurses need to debunk the myths about weight and appetite in older age


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 students’ understanding

The students are asked ‘questions that are often challenging’

How teaching children about dementia helps you become a better communicator

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient


Nursing associates in training

I’m proud to be training as a nursing associate – and let me tell you why

Misunderstood role is no mere stepping stone – it has a distinctive place in the nursing team

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