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Malnutrition: how to spot early signs of unplanned weight loss or gain in older people

Easy-to-use tools can help identify risk for those living independently during COVID-19

‘And your name is?’: why children’s nurses should ask accompanying adults this question

Calling someone accompanying an unwell child ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ can be disrespectful or wrong

Pre-conception health: how nurses can educate women to promote informed choices

We should make pre-conception health, education and care part of our practice

Compulsory staff vaccination for COVID-19 ignores the power of respect and persuasion

Compelling care home workers to be double-jabbed is no way to treat this workforce

Glove use: the COVID-19-driven habit we need to break

The pandemic has blurred understanding of guidance, so it’s time we were clear on the basics

The problem with BMI – and why ‘health at every size’ is a better obesity strategy

Tackling obesity is about tackling inequalities and stigma. Scrapping BMI is a good start

Expert advice

Mouth care at the end of life: how to provide safe and essential interventions

Oral hygiene is a crucial part of providing dignified end of life care

Menopause symptoms at work: what support should you expect?

Heavy periods, brain fog and hot flushes can all take their toll, but help is available

Flexible retirement from the NHS: your options if the end of working life is in sight

Choices you have if you’re wondering how and when to start drawing your pension

COVID-19 vaccine rollout for children aged 12-15: what school nurses need to know

UK’s chief medical officers considered transmission risks and side effects

Treatment options: can a patient demand one over another?

Patient choice is important in clinical decision-making, but not the only consideration

Flu vaccination: what are the changes in this year’s programme?

The biggest immunisation campaign ever is about to launch, amid fears about NHS capacity

Editorial

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Decision makers must be made aware of the realities of front-line nursing

Issues affecting the nursing workforce must not be overlooked by those at the top

PHC 30th anniversary

Primary Health Care journal celebrates community and general practice nurses

Practitioners continue to show how highly-skilled they are

RCNi Nurse Awards 2020

Celebrate your achievements by entering the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020

The RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 are now open for entries – and we want to hear about your project

Free

Nurses warned not to be left behind in general practice developments

General practice nurses cannot be left behind in discussions about how practices develop

Diabetes

Nurses are pivotal in helping to stem the high rate of diabetes in the UK

A type 2 diagnosis should be an urgent wake-up for people to lose weight

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Challenging the conditions putting general practice nurses under pressure

Nurses being compelled to take on more hours and work must stand firm

Your views

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Blog: Halfway through my placement, I've fallen in love with primary care

Second year nursing student Claire Carmichael finds that the skills and experience gained at her general practice placement have exceeded her expectations

Changing perceptions: how heart disease conversations with all ages could save lives

Heart disease does not discriminate against age – despite what a lot of patients think. Senior cardiac nurse Philippa Hobson, speaking at the recent RCNi chronic disease study day, discusses the benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation programme

Blog: Excited to begin my student placement in primary care

Second year nursing student Claire Carmichael is about to embark on her latest placement, which happens to be her first choice

Readers panel: Are smartphone consultations a threat to traditional GP services?

A 24-hour service offering GP consultations via video link or smartphones has been launched for NHS patients in greater London. Nursing Standard readers have their say

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Readers panel: should school nurses be responsible for sex education in schools?

Education secretary Justine Greening recently confirmed that sex and relationship education will become compulsory in England's schools. Nursing Standard readers have their say.

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Readers panel: do nurses have a duty to set an example to patients and quit smoking?

Public Health England head of digital strategy Mary Black, who lost her father and grandfather to smoking-related diseases, has urged nurses who smoke to lead by example and kick the habit. Nursing Standard readers have their say.

Reviews

Book review: Where There is No Psychiatrist (second edition)

University programme leader Rachel Erskine reviews Where There is No Psychiatrist (second edition)

Book review: Fast Facts: Parkinson’s Disease (Fourth edition)

Clinical research nurse Kathryn Louise Walker reviews Fast Facts: Parkinson’s Disease (Fourth edition)

Book review: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Practice manager Sonia Hall reviews Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Book review: Public Health Ethics (Second edition)

Professor of public health research Susan Carr reviews Public Health Ethics (Second edition)

Book review: Healthcare in Transition: Understanding key ideas and tensions in...

Specialist community practitioner Anne-Louise Robens reviews Healthcare in Transition: Understanding key ideas and tensions in contemporary health policy

Book review: Walking Forward, Looking Back

Practice development nurse Valerie McGurk reviews Walking Forward, Looking Back

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