Clinical

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.

Improving communication when caring for acutely ill patients with dementia

People living with dementia have complex needs, which may be compounded when they develop an...

Developing the evidence base for hygiene and emollient practices

Maintaining skin integrity is an essential part of ensuring health and wellbeing in older...

Risk factors for and assessment of constipation

Constipation commonly occurs in older people, particularly in hospital or residential care...

The role of the named nurse in long-term settings

The term ‘named nursing’ was introduced in the UK more than 25 years ago but it has re-...

Effect of time of day on language in healthy ageing and Alzheimer’s disease

Aim To investigate whether narrative discourse followed a diurnal pattern across one ten-...

Redesigning a home oxygen assessment and review service

The Sheffield home oxygen assessment and review service was developed as a nurse-led,...

Improving patients’ and staff’s experiences of acute care

The aim of this audit was to assess the effect of the Quality Mark programme on the quality...

Transforming dementia care in an NHS trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust was one of nine trusts selected to take part in the RCN...

Healthcare assistants’ attitudes towards older people and their knowledge about ageing

Aim To examine healthcare assistants’ (HCAs) attitudes towards older people in long-term...

Beliefs of students about growing older and perceptions of working in gerontology

An ageing population that is increasing does not necessarily mean an increase in people who...

Legal implications of restrictive physical interventions in people with dementia

Dementia care environments are now home to thousands of people who have complex mental and...

Staff’s views on managing symptoms of dementia in nursing home residents

Aim To identify the most common and distressing behavioural and psychological symptoms of...

Improving bowel care after surgery for hip fracture

Constipation is a common problem in older people with hip fracture because of immobility,...

Evaluation of a dementia care learning programme

This article reports on an evaluation of the Dementia Services Development Centre’s Best...

Alcohol misuse: assessment, treatment and aftercare

Alcohol misuse among older adults is increasing, with evidence of its adverse effects on...

Inspiring senior nurses to lead the delivery of compassionate care

The enabling compassionate care in practice programme was an innovative development...

Supporting staff to care for people with dementia who experience distress reactions

This article outlines the development of distress reaction training in a large care home...

Assessment and prevention of falls in older people

In June 2013 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence updated and replaced its...

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