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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Learn about some measures that could support nurses to implement high-quality oral care

Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Estimating cost of a music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Individualised music listening has been shown to reduce agitation and improve mood

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during COVID-19

Nurses need to be mindful of potential post-pandemic deconditioning in older people

Diagnosing, managing and preventing urinary tract infections in older people with dementia in hospital

Diagnosing, managing and preventing UTIs in older people with dementia in hospital

Urinary tract infections are common in older people but frequently complicated to diagnose

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

The care home community is divided on whether or not staff should wear a uniform

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Developing a competency framework for early career nurses undertaking post-registration education in care for older people

Early career nurses undertaking post-registration education in care for older people

Developing and evaluating a competency framework in a UK university

Comprehensive geriatric assessment: outcomes of an advanced nurse practitioner-led service for older people requiring emergency surgery

An advanced nurse practitioner-led service for older people’s emergency surgery

Enhance your awareness of the value and use of comprehensive geriatric assessments

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

Consider actions you could take in your practice to prevent medicines-related falls

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

The role of nutritional interventions in the treatment of, and recovery from, COVID-19

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‘Five things about me’ – enhancing person-centred care for older people

How person-centred care includes the whole person, including values, beliefs and aspirations

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Why you should read this article: • To understand why enjoying cultural events such as music concerts is regarded as a human right • To enhance your understanding of why older people are often excluded from such events • To learn more about the health and well-being benefits of music for older people in nursing homes Background Enjoying cultural events such as musical performances is a human right as well as contributing to quality of life. However, older people who live in nursing homes are often excluded from such events. Music interventions for older people with cognitive decline have been shown to have a positive effect on their mood and behaviour, particularly in terms of anxiety, agitation and irritability. Aim To investigate the effect of musical interventions in nursing homes from the perspective of older people, their relatives and caregivers. Method Musical performances were held at 11 nursing homes in Sweden. These performances were followed by semi-structured interviews that aimed to capture the experiences of the older people, their relatives and caregivers. The interviews were analysed by qualitative thematic analysis. Findings Four relational themes were generated from the analysis: music enhances well-being for the body and soul, music evokes emotions and a ‘spark of life’, music adds a ‘silver lining’ to everyday life, and music inspires a journey of the imagination through time and space. Conclusion The music concerts had a positive effect on older people, their relatives and caregivers. Providing cultural encounters in nursing homes is an important caring intervention.

Organic versus mixed specialist older adult inpatient mental health units for people with dementia

Organic versus mixed specialist older adult inpatient mental health units

Does care quality for people with dementia differ between mixed and organic wards?

Using video consultations to support family carers of people living with dementia

The experiences of a team of Admiral Nurses in setting up and conducting video consultations

The psychological effects of caring for a family member with dementia

An integrative review of the effects of caring for a family member with dementia at home

Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review

Nurses in primary care and community settings need to identify frailty and optimise care

Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital

Sleep is essential for health, well-being and recovery but is challenging in acute hospitals

Understanding the issues experienced by older people undergoing emergency surgery

Outcomes for older patients are suboptimal when compared with younger people

Can the COVID-19 pandemic act as a catalyst for enhancing staff status and education?

The pandemic has brought the challenges experienced by care homes to the forefront

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