‘Volunteer army’ is a valuable asset for the NHS

With the right support, volunteers play a complementary role in care, says Liz Charalambous

All nurses have a role in detecting bowel cancer

Nurse Jennie Burch says bowel cancer screening is working – but we must maintain the momentum

The emotional toll of diabetes affects carers too

Those who provide mental health support also need it, says Diabetes UK’s Dan Howarth

The best way to deal with a shortage of nurses is to have more nurses

Researcher Peter Griffiths says his team’s findings on staffing are clear – but not obvious...

When the patient doesn’t want to be cured

Individuals’ positivity about aspects of their condition can be hard for nurses to understand

Placements are a vital piece of the general practice staffing puzzle

A practice nurse prescriber says student placements help build the workforce of the future

Jane Bates: My message to NHS managers this festive season

Our columnist’s thoughts turn to Christmas, killjoys… and rhyming couplets

How you can protect patients from financial scams

Community nurses should tackle financial abuse, says QNI Scotland's Clare Cable

Jane Bates: you are wrong about agency nurses, Mr Health Secretary

Agency nurses don't demoralise NHS staff – it's the sheer lack of nurses that's the problem

Why can't drug names be easy to pronounce?

A surprising answer leaves Jane Bates incredulous

Forget the bursary – nursing students need a new funding solution

It’s time to recognise the contribution nursing students make, says Kelly Hitchcock

Jane Bates: telling someone they can’t see well enough to drive is not my favourite task

I'm glad driver eyesight – or lack of it – is now being taken seriously by traffic police

Jane Bates: Sound and vision can help with dementia

The sensory losses that can come with age have a big impact on mental health

Jane Bates: We can’t go digital without funding

Matt Hancock’s ambition to put technology at the heart of the NHS will require investment

Spiritual care is not as complex as we may think

The skills that draw us to the profession are a good foundation, says Macmillan’s Barry Quinn

A clearer picture of pain

Helping patients to identify their pain and its triggers is the first step in alleviating it

It is not part of my job to accept racist abuse from patients

Organisations set the tone that allows BME and other staff to speak up, says Michael Baptiste

Jane Bates: Nanny knows best

Jane Bates argues the case for a bit more nannying