Opinion

Comment

High blood pressure risk in black communities: how to reduce health inequality

Black people are at disproportionate risk of hypertension, but tailored care changes that

‘Just in-case’ medicines at the end of life: how we can optimise their use

Anticipatory drugs can be a source of distress, but explaining their role may reassure

Note to the new PM: the nursing workforce crisis can’t be outsourced

Fewer UK applicants accepted on courses will mean greater reliance on overseas recruitment

Courage to lead: how any nurse can create real change

No matter what your nursing experience, if you have the desire to create change, you can

Mental health nurses at GP practices: a step forward in care

Integrating mental health nurses in primary practice has won praise from patients and GPs

Staff retention: what would the NHS look like if nurses’ roles were respected?

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment

Expert advice

What primary and community care nurses need to know about earwax removal

Too much wax build up can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, itchiness and vertigo

Moral injury: what to do if are affected by it, and how to reduce the risk

Being forced to make decisions that go against your morals can take an emotional toll

Self harm: new guidance to help in your care of the vulnerable

New NICE guidance offers advice on caring for people who have self-harmed

Is laughing gas safe and what can I tell recreational users about managing their risk?

Evidence-based advice on the health implications of inhaling nitrous oxide

Can a cuppa help prevent dehydration – or is there such a thing as too much tea?

There is some confusion over whether it improves patient hydration and has health benefits

Child-to-parent abuse: what it is and what to do if you suspect it

How to listen to, support and empower families to seek help

Editorial

Why were nurses snubbed at Rishi Sunak’s summit on NHS pressures?

The complexity of nursing cannot be known without their voices in the room

We need to recognise our value as nurses now more than ever

Such challenging times encourages primary care nurses to assess what else is possible

Why GPNs should embrace change and make new roles work for them

Many teams have taken on a different identity and culture and a new hierarchical structure

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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

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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