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District nursing: how to launch and maintain a successful night service

A community night nursing service is helping ease pandemic pressures

Dying from inequality as much as from COVID-19: the reality for deprived communities

Nurses see the impact of poverty in the pandemic, and we must advocate for the disadvantaged

Nurse wearing a face mask – COVID-19 face coverings pose communication challenges for healthcare staff and people who are deaf or have dementia

Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

Epilepsy

Epilepsy and sudden unexpected death: what nurses need to know

How can you reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epileptic people?

Discharging older patients: a single form could help avoid unnecessary hospital delays

Making information about an older person easier to access and record

Mass traumatisation of nurses makes need to invest in profession more pressing than ever

Pandemic’s pressures likely to force many exhausted nurses to quit

Expert advice

DNACPR notices: what nurses need to know

Nurses’ input can inform a decision about whether to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Does my employer have the right to cancel annual leave I have already booked?

Lawyer explains how your rights to time off are affected by COVID-19 pandemic

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Workforce: collapse in district nurse numbers is happening now – action to halt it isn’t

Ministers’ ‘golden hellos’ plan to boost district nurse recruitment still hasn’t materialised

What’s new about revised NMC standards for prescribers

Revised standards change time limits on nurses taking courses

medecine

Medicines management: Reducing antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract...

Overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. This is becoming a major problem worldwide, and we urgently need to change the way we prescribe and use antibiotics, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths.

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Medicines management: As a community nurse, should I become an independent nurse...

For community nurses whose prescribing powers are limited, undertaking the independent nurse prescribing course can future-proof your qualification, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths.

Editorial

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

Eric Teague-Hellon

2018 RCNi Nurse Awards: providing care for homeless people

Eric Teague-Hellon is a worthy winner of Primary Health Care’s community award category

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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