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Illustration showing two nursing team members in uniform standing pointing at a huge shift roster, as if discussing filling or swapping shifts

Unsocial shifts and rotas: what’s your breaking point?

Nurses are flexible but there has to be give and take if the NHS is to boost retention

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A group of older people do seated exercises with their hands above their heads following a seated instructor facing them

Why exercise could be the best falls prevention strategy

Exercise can boost well-being and health, and help prevent falls

A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

Car park pay machine and pay-and-display signs in a hospital car park – hospital nurses face charges and fines for parking at work

Hospital car parking: who exactly is making a profit from all those charges and fines?

Using staff as cash cows if they drive to work shows how far goodwill has fallen in the NHS

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Why we should promote continence in people living with dementia

While our bodies and minds may age, the need to be treated with dignity and respect remains

Cruel curbs on migrant care workers’ lives are at odds with British values

Rules to stop overseas staff bringing family are also risky for the care sector and NHS

Expert advice

Glass dishes in two rows containing food that would constitute nutritious meals nurses to sustain nurses at work. There is thyme and yoghurt dress, chicken breast, couscous, cucumber, carrot, chickpeas and boiled eggs

5 healthy meals tips: how to pack a lunchbox to look forward to on busy shifts

Time and money-saving advice on eating and drinking well while at work

Close-up image of two hands, as a nurse in uniform sits at the bedside of a dying patient in hospital, holding their hand

When a patient is dying: nurses’ role in the hours before and after death

Recognising when death is near, verifying death and providing compassionate care

A nurse in scrubs sits while taking a break, looking tired and fanning her face with her eyes closed as she struggles with symptoms of menopause during a shift

Menopause: what reasonable adjustments can I expect at work?

Most nurses will experience menopause and new guidance says employers have a duty to help

A nurse holds up and shows a bottle of medication to an older man seated next to his female companion

Diabetes and dementia: safely managing people living with multiple long-term conditions

Older people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing dementia

Nurse reads a vital signs monitor at patient’s bedside. This is key information when assessing level of risk for a person with sepsis

Sepsis guidance update: how do I need to change my practice?

Nurse specialist explains the importance of more targeted antibiotic use

Ramadan and how to keep energy levels up in clinical practice during a month of fasting

Tips on the best ways to minimise hunger and thirst, while making time to pray on shift

Editorial

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Why our well-being and self-care is as important as the people we care for

A rise in flu cases will add to the pressure on nurses over the winter months

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Rejecting the burden myth: why we must reframe society’s view of older people’s care

Specialty needs greater recognition to allow nurses to improve care for this complex cohort

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It’s not always kind to keep older people in bed

By encouraging mobility and social activities, we can promote frail people’s health

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It could be you: Nursing Older People seeks consultant editor

Role includes providing strategic direction and guidance on content and deadline is 30 June

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Workplace culture is crucial to our future vision of healthcare

Care failings need to be addressed in older people’s nursing and other settings

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Time to take stock of how older people’s care could look post-pandemic

Nicky Hayes looks at the opportunities and issues posed by COVID-19

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Backlog

Fitness to practise cases: is the NMC doing enough to tackle the backlog?

We ask our readers if more money will resolve the growing FtP caseload

A nurse appears apprehensive while being questioned by a senior nurse

Can difficult personal circumstances excuse mistakes at work?

We ask our readers if factors outside of work should be considered relevant

Illustration showing healthcare staff in different uniforms, representing different professions, standing on top of piles of coins of varying heights, suggesting pay differences between professions

NHS pay: would a separate pay spine benefit nurses?

We ask our readers if a split from Agenda for Change is the best approach

A year on from NHS industrial action, what has changed for nurses?

After the hard-won pay deal, we ask our readers’ panel how they feel about the dispute now

Dreaded form-filling: would standardisation across all settings make your job easier?

Universal patient documentation and its potential to ease your admin burden

Patient confidentiality and sharing patient data in your work WhatsApp group

What safeguards do you need to help you use instant messaging responsibly?

Reviews

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Book review: Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care

Consultant nurse for older people Nicky Hayes reviews this publication on end of life care

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Book review: Somebody I used to know

Admiral Nurse Wendy Mountford reviews Wendy Mitchell’s dementia memoir

Book review: The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

Director of quality, nursing and patient safety, Jonathan Webster reviews The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

Book review: Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing

PhD candidate Karen Rennie reviews Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing: A Person-Centred Guide for People with Dementia, Their Partners, Caregivers and Professionals

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Book review: Spirituality in Hospice Care

Drawing on research and philosophical literature, this book explores spirituality in hospices and end of life care

Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies

Book review: Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies

A timely book on social research methods for people with dementia

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