Clinical

Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Dry eye requires a little TLC – tear layer care

Many women in their late forties and older are referred to specialist ophthalmic nurse...

Development of advanced practice in the district nurse role

The aim of this literature review was to examine advanced practice in relation to the role...

Malnutrition: everyone’s problem

With existing cost pressures in the NHS there is now greater emphasis on innovation and new...

Substance misuse services for patients with complex needs

In the past decade, primary care services have expanded in the clinical area of substance...

Management of pertussis among pregnant women

The UK has experienced its worst outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in 20 years, with 13...

Why nurses should use clinical reasoning to diagnose a cough

Nurses in advanced roles make decisions and diagnoses on a daily basis as part of their role...

Introducing the Harris trolley: turning innovation into practice

When asked to set up a dedicated nurse-led leg ulcer clinic, community nurse Linda Harris...

The practice nurse’s role in contraception choice

Contraception can play an important part in a woman’s life. Modern contraceptives provide a...

Changes to this year’s immunisation schedule

The Department of Health has made significant changes to the universal immunisation schedule...

Community placements for nursing students

This article explores the challenges involved in providing practice learning opportunities...

Addressing child poverty in Scotland: the role of nurses

Child poverty levels are a significant challenge and can lead to poor health outcomes...

Diagnosing flat head syndrome

When a baby’s head has become flattened, either on one side, causing the head to look...

Management of lower bowel dysfunction

The Royal College of Nursing digital rectal examination (DRE) document has been revised and...

Advantages of chlamydia screening in general practice settings

On average 60 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women visit their GP annually for a...

Talking with parents about immunisation

This article is aimed at all those involved with immunisation. It is important that everyone...

Identifying and managing hepatitis C in the community

Brownlow Health is an inner-city practice in Liverpool. It has a high homeless population of...

Chlamydia screening in a primary care setting

The study reported in this article was undertaken in response to the participation of a...

Medicines optimisation

In January 2012 the Royal College of Nursing’s advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) forum...

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