Opinion

Editorial

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Good communication is essential to good care

Communication – with patients and colleagues – is a running theme in this month’s content

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Lynn Eaton

‘Big picture’ political issues become nurses’ daily reality

While the RCN and the country face uncertain times, nursing care continues

RCN HQ

RCN no confidence vote: I hope the situation doesn’t become a political football

Turmoil at the RCN should not distract us from what really matters – elevating nursing care

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Welcome to an amazing career

It’s a time of year when nurses are starting their careers, and they deserve encouragement

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A new editor, a new format, but the same high standards

Nursing Standard’s new editor Lynn Eaton invites readers to help shape the news

Angela Hall

RCN Nurse of the Year 2018 does the profession proud

Angela Hall’s innovative work has transformed the care of people with heart conditions

Comment

Our chance to raise the status of nurses

With 2020 named Year of the Nurse and Midwife, this is our moment, says Nursing Now director

Jane Bates: How art helped me cope with the tough times

Jane Bates recalls how art galleries helped heal the stress of work as a nursing student

Older person

Malnutrition in the community: what you can do to support older people

Why it’s vital nurses recognise risk factors and challenge myths about weight loss and ageing

Jane Bates: Painful predicament of the worried well

Risk being labelled ‘worried well’ or miss a diagnosis so as not to ‘bother the doctor’?

Healthy eating

Plan your way to healthier eating

Shift patterns and limited choices present barriers at work, but these strategies can help

Time’s up for the gender-based image of nursing

Resurgent feminism can help free the profession from damaging stereotypes

Expert advice

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Legal advice: Can I wear my nursing uniform to the pub after a shift?

Here's why off-duty and uniform might not be a great look

medicines management paperwork

Transcribing: what the new medicines management guidance states

Royal Pharmaceutical Society and RCN publish document on transcribing information

How can I make sure my blood samples aren't rejected?

Underfilled tubes of blood could result in inaccuracies that affect patient care

Is it safe to prescribe both benzodiazepines and opiate analgesics?

A study highlights the need for care in prescribing for older people with Alzheimer’s

a visiting friend

Legal advice: Can friends visit me at work while I am on duty?

It’s best to meet your friends when you’re on your break – or wait until you’ve finished work

Legal advice: Can I eat leftover meals intended for patients?

Nurses who eat spare meals allocated to patients could be in breach of the Code

Reviews

Health Communication: Theoretical and critical perspectives

This frank and bold text sets out to dispel assumptions and fill a much-needed gap in health...

Working Together in Clinical Supervision: A Guide for Supervisors and Supervisees

A useful, well-written book primarily aimed at less experienced supervisors and supervisees...

Book review: Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

Retired practice development nurse Valerie McGurk reviews Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky...

Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this...

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

The blurb on the back cover says this book is for nurses and other professionals in mental...

Positive Communication: Activities to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of...

Useful activities to help boost confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing in older people

Your views

Readers’ panel: Should nurses be allowed to take naps on night shifts?

The Health Foundation is funding research on support for staff working night shifts

Jersey pay dispute

Readers’ panel: Are nurses in Jersey right to hold out for pay parity?

RCN members in Jersey are seeking permission to ballot on industrial action over pay

Is it time to resist the idea support staff are part of the nurse shortage solution?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the impact of diluting the skill mix

Obese nurse cares for obese patient

Readers’ panel: Is it right to expect nurses to be role models for healthy weight? 

Clinicians who are obese are less able to give patients health advice, says NHS England

Agency nurse

Readers’ panel: Was Matt Hancock right to say use of agency staff is ‘demoralising’?

The health secretary vowed to tackle agency spend. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Readers’ panel: Are efforts to increase flu vaccination rates for nurses excessive?

Readers comment on calls for front-line staff who do not have the flu jab to be redeployed

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