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Dame Donna Kinnair

Dame Donna Kinnair is named RCN general secretary

College appoints its acting head following months of ‘sterling leadership’

Emilia Clarke

RCN ambassador Emilia Clarke named one of 100 most influential people in the world

Time magazine included the Game of Thrones star and nurse champion in its yearly list

Protected learning time

Nurses need protected time for training in learning disabilities and autism, says NMC

NMC issues response to ongoing government consultation on mandatory training

Ruth May opens Birch Centre

Workforce is priority, says England’s chief nurse after 100 days in post

Ruth May was speaking at launch of new children’s mental health centre

Ageism

NHS England urged to tackle ageism in cancer care

Older women with breast cancer are less likely to receive treatment, claims new report

Safe staffing

Wards in England are still failing to achieve safe staffing levels, new report warns

Workforce study says policies introduced since Mid-Staffs Inquiry have lost momentum

Analysis

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Revealed: what nurses say about short-staffing and how it’s harming patient care

Nurses open up about the risks to patient safety – and their work-life balance

Acute frailty services aim to cut avoidable ED admissions

NHS Long Term Plan puts the focus on improving acute frailty services for older people

Talking about death

It’s okay to talk about dying

How healthcare professionals can overcome their reluctance to talk to patients about death...

Review of 2018: The pay deal creates fallout and nurse leaders bow out

We look back on the year’s events, from a controversial pay rise to a vote of no confidence

Maze

Access to older people's services is 'complicated and confusing', CQC...

Report suggests integration can improve services, but highlights navigation difficulties

Inspectors highlight lack of joined-up health and adult social care services

Focus on managing delayed discharges has ‘almost overwhelmed other priorities’, warns Care...

Clinical update

Osteoporosis drug

Updated National Osteoporosis Society guideline on vitamin D

A guideline on which patients to test and who to treat for vitamin D deficiency

Updated NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure

People with chronic heart failure should be given a detailed care plan, updated NICE...

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Updated NICE guidance on dementia care

First update in a decade says staff working with people who have dementia need extra training

Pain

Pain assessment in older people

Updated guidelines emphasise the subjective nature of pain and offer ways to encourage...

New guidelines to diagnose and treat age-related macular degeneration

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced new guidelines on age-...

NICE guidance on intermediate care and reablement

NICE has issued new guidelines on intermediate care, including reablement, and how to...

Policy briefing

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NHS Improvement guidance calls for consistent approach to pressure ulcer definition and...

Guidance calls for the 72-hour rule for pressure ulcers to be scrapped

Frailty

Frailty framework: focus on older people's assets not deficits

Skills framework aims to improve identification of frailty and support people to live well

NICE publishes new mental capacity guideline

After concerns about the Mental Capacity Act 2005, NICE issues a guideline on decision-...

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

CQC recommends new approaches to older people's care

CQC recommends new approaches to health and social care for older people

A woman carer and therapy dog with an elderly female patient

Animals in healthcare

A new RCN protocol supports nurses in planning to bring dogs safely into care homes and...

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Amor Palada

Hear how a nurse-led acute response team dramatically reduced cardiac arrest

Series 3 Episode 6: Nurse practitioner Amor Palada talks about preventing cardiac arrest

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Daniel Gooding

Reaching out to nursing students via the internet

Series 3 Episode 4: how the online Student Nurse Project is connecting students nationwide...

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Baroness Mary Watkins

Nursing Standard podcast: Could parliament's Brexit chaos be the catalyst for...

Episode 7 of the Nursing Standard podcast has an interview with nurse peer Baroness Mary...

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Nursing student bursary was ‘far from ideal,’ says nurse MP Maria Caulfield

The nursing student bursary should not be championed as the best way to train nurses and new...

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'Integrate the four fields of nursing,' leading academic tells the Nursing...

A two-stream system should be introduced to replace the four fields, nurse leader tells...

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Deborah Rowberry

Nursing Standard podcast: Foundation years for nursing students

Universities may need to use foundation years to ensure students can meet new registration...

Journal scan

Obesity could raise risk of dementia

A combination of greater BMI and waist-hip ratio may be a risk factor for brain atrophy

Bioelectronics provides options in treatment of chronic pain

Bioelectrical medicine gives practitioners a fresh outlook on the treatment of chronic pain

Health risks of fried food highlighted

Fried food can pose health risks, especially heart problems, according to a study of US women

Treating Parkinson's

Apomorphine infusion could reduce immobility in people with Parkinson’s disease

Study assesses use of infusion to reduce ‘off time’ in patients

Hip fracture

Opioid use could increase risk of hip fracture in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Moderate or strong opioids linked with increased risk of falls and therefore hip fractures

Senior crossword

Problem-solving games can boost mental ability over a lifetime

Study examines the truth of the ‘use it or lose it’ conjecture on cognitive ability

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Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the...

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Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016...

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