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Abstract illustration of tablets in different colours pouring from the necks of  four medicine bottles.

Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

E. coli bacteria occur naturally within the human body Picture: iStock

E. coli infection: how every nurse can help prevent it

The Gram-negative bacteria is a growing threat in community and acute settings

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Sepsis

Sepsis: what you need to know

Around 44,000 people a year die from the 'silent killer'. What can nurses do?

Picture of Marie Therese Massey, who became professional lead for general practice nursing at the RCN in June

General practice nursing’s new voice at the RCN

New GPN professional lead Marie Therese Massey aims to raise the specialism’s profile

Career ladder

A career ladder that general practice nurses can climb

New leadership and training opportunities are opening up for primary care nurses

Practice nurse manager Emma Williamson studied her practice’s leg ulcer care and devised a pathway that improved healing, reduced spending and freed nurses’ time.

Practice nurse transforms pathway for leg ulcer care

A nurse studied her practice’s leg ulcer care and devised a new pathway that improved healing

Picture shows a boy drawing as part of therapy. School nurses, health visitors, and general practice nurses are often in a position to identify the damage due to trauma from adverse childhood experiences and the effect on children’s mental health.

How to identify trauma in children and what you can do about it

Tips for practice nurses, school nurses and health visitors on trauma in young people

Team offers intensive support to enable service-users to live independently

Rehabilitation by award-winning team enables people with mental illness to live at home

Men's shed

How a shed became a sanctuary for a community of men who felt ‘left behind’

Our 2019 Patient’s Choice Award winner created a haven for men facing social isolation

Simple visual tool helps safeguard mothers after caesarean section

Five Guide, developed by a Queen's Nurse, uses the hand as a guide to enhance recovery

Smoking cessation

Smoking cessation should be every nurse's business

Community practitioners in ideal position to actively encourage patients to stop smoking

Sally Shaw GP liaison service manager

How a nurse-led GP liaison service helped streamline the patient journey   

Sally Shaw explains how she helped develop a service to improve communication with local GPs

How to avoid the pitfalls when a patient needs the help of an interpreter

Why language and communication should not be barriers to a patient receiving quality care

Why the skills of assistant practitioners and nursing associates could bridge the gap

Assistant practitioners and nursing associates can help relieve pressure on busy nurses

Why nursing in remote communities can be such a rewarding challenge

Four Queen's Nurses working in Scotland provide an insight into their different roles

Cautions against catheters

Nurses should constantly review the need to continue with catheters, says updated guidance

How in house staff development can grow your own district nurses

A trust has devised a range of courses to develop the skills of all its nursing workforce

The network for general practice nurses of the future

How student ambassadors are helping to promote the specialty as a first-choice career

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