My message for every nurse: policy matters so make sure you help shape it

ICN’s Howard Catton calls on all nurses to get involved in politics and decision-making

You don’t have to be a specialist to give continence support to people with dementia

Nurses can offer understanding, assessment and a plan to manage incontinence

The right course at the right time: becoming a mature nursing student

A former teacher on overcoming the challenges in choosing a nursing career later in life

Compassionate leadership is not new, but it does drive innovation

Leaders who invest in relationships and collaborative working will reap the rewards

Iron deficiency anaemia causes exhaustion – and one in six nurses may be affected

Screening should be in place for the condition, which causes a range of health problems  

Talking about incontinence: a patient perspective

Nurse Bethann Siviter on her experience of being diagnosed with colon cancer

Do labels like LGBTQI+ help or hinder?

Our senior nurse editor reflects on the legacy of the Stonewall riots and the use of LGBTQI+

Protection against mental ill-health should be available to all – even nurses

Prevention is a novel concept in mental health, but its importance should not be overlooked

The case for patient-centred visiting hours

Strict and inflexible visiting hours are at odds with patient-focused care

Nurse apprenticeships: why they’re a great way to start your nursing career

Minister and former nurse Anne Milton urges would-be nurses to consider apprenticeships

Nurses need to focus on their own health even though the odds are stacked against them

A new film aims to help nurses ditch coping mechanisms that are damaging their health

Diabetes: how nurses can empower patients to achieve realistic lifestyle change

Enable the patient to take responsibility for their own diabetes management

Why the gloomy claims about BME representation at board level don’t add up

Don’t believe the assertion that diversity on NHS boards is declining, writes WRES director

Leave judgement at the door when talking about self-harm

Like many harmful coping strategies, self-harm provides short-term relief

How nurses can use their expertise to influence global health policy

ICN chief Howard Catton looks at what the Year of the Nurse and Midwife has in store

NHS People Plan: we need ambition, funding and leaders who are legally accountable

Safe staffing crisis is crying out for solutions that are radical, says RCN England director

Innovation: how nurses can identify need and find solutions

Nurses have an essential role in helping organisations adopt new ways to cope with demand

The latest learning disability care scandal makes me fear for my daughter’s future

Nursing student Leanne Patrick wants to challenge social attitudes – even among nurses