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Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

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Coping with the death of a colleague: advice and support for nurses

How to deal with bereavement at work and where to go for support

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Picture shows an older man being assisted by a medic in a promotional picture for the 30 Days Wild challenge.

Connect with nature and brighten darkest days

Taking part in a challenge to spend time closer to nature can reduce stress and depression

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Picture shows a resident of Wren Hall nursing home talking to a medic who is wearing personal protective equipment

Some care homes may not survive COVID-19

Anita Astle says pandemic has pushed her to the brink and her nursing home towards bankruptcy

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Community collaboration

When this is all over, I don’t think things will go back to how they were

Our community nursing teams have increased collaboration and enhanced rapid discharge

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Picture shows an older woman lying in bed looking unwell. Follow Public Health England advice and also be aware that older patients can become suddenly unwell, says advanced clinical practitioner Neal Aplin.

Keep a high index of suspicion for COVID-19 in older patients

Follow advice from PHE and be aware that older patients can become suddenly unwell

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Two older people going through a video consultation on a smart phone. Consultations can now take place via video call over the internet. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: how to protect people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Those with COPD should self-isolate to avoid infection, but nurses can provide care remotely

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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

Picture of an older man in a hospital gown. Delirium is an acute state of confusion that commonly affects older people, but many risk factors can be mitigated and nurses need to be knowledgeable about it, says Vicky MacRae.

Nurses should be delirium champions and identify people at risk as early as possible

Many risk factors can be mitigated and nurses need to be knowledgeable about it

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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

Picture shows playing cards created by the charity Marie Curie to help broach the subject of death and dying. Early and open conversations with patients and their families can make a huge difference to the end of life experience.

How Marie Curie's Talkabout campaign tackles taboo around death and dying

Early and open conversations can make a huge difference to the end of life experience

Older people's sexual health

Sexual healthcare is not just for the young

Nurses should have the courage to talk about sexual health issues with older patients

Why unexpected weight loss in older people should not be ignored

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

Stop blaming nurses for malnutrition in older people

Focus instead on the widespread myths in the community about healthy eating

Older people's care in the East and West: What can we learn from other cultures?

Nursing Older People readers are invited to comment on research findings

Treatment pathways must take account of cultural beliefs

Clinical systems must reflect the diverse range of beliefs that people hold

How to exercise safely with osteoporosis

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has issued guidance on the advice nurses should give

Why music can be a valuable tool for improving the lives of people with dementia

TV series with Line of Duty star helps to address the challenges of living with the condition

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