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Non-medical prescribing in nursing: the history and evolution of independent and supplementary prescribing

Non-medical prescribing was introduced originally to reduce doctors' workloads and to improve patient care (Paterson et al, 2016). This delegates responsibility for full episodes of care to skilled...

Words matter: does the new RCN definition of nursing devalue the RNA?

‘The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well,...

Why work matters

Work can have a positive impact on health. It brings with it not only financial stability, but also personal contentment; it provides social connections as well as opportunities for growth and...

Defining the scope of advanced practice

‘It is difficult to define what the scope of practice should be for these new groups of practitioners because roles evolve on a continual basis. Seeking ever more narrow definitions of practice may...

Smoking cessation: why is it a persistent problem in patients with peripheral artery disease?

NICE (2021) recommends that all patients who actively smoke should receive smoking cessation advice at each clinical assessment. Comprehensive smoking cessation programmes have been shown to be more...

Alcohol-related dementia

According to Public Health England (Burton et al, 2016), alcohol is increasingly a leading cause of death in the 50–69 age group in England. This group has the highest rate of alcohol consumption, and...

Your free revalidation toolkit

A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

Living with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: a nested qualitative study

The primary outcome measure, used to power the quantitative study, assessed change in a patient's self-declared most troublesome CIPN symptom using the Measure Yourself Medical Outcomes Profile...

Mental illness stigmatisation among Malaysian adults: a systematic review

It is apparent that mental illness stigmatisation is prevalent in Malaysia. The aim of this review was to explore the stigmatisation of mental illness among the adult population in Malaysia by...

The challenges in managing co-occurring Parkinson's and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

John Adams (not his real name), a 52-year-old white male, was admitted to a mental health hospital because of concerns about his mental state. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's 8 months earlier...

Promoting kidney health in people with type 2 diabetes: part 2

Secondary prevention aims to minimise the effect of the disease by timely diagnosis using screening before any serious and long-lasting damage has occurred (Karunathilake and Ganegoda, 2018). The use...

Empowering stoma patients and nurses during the pandemic and beyond

As clinical appointments were limited due to lockdown restrictions, staff shortages and shielding requirements, it was paramount to allow patients access to nursing support. In order to work...

A drop in nursing applications

Applications to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for nursing courses in the UK are down (as are applications for midwifery programmes). Scotland has seen the biggest drop, even...

RCN's new definition of nursing reflects changes in health care

Both definitions aim to describe the role and scope of nursing, but highlight different aspects of the profession.

Black History Month 2023: what is it like to be Black and British right now?

The treatment of a young Black female gymnast in Ireland who was ignored because she is Black has been receiving widespread circulation and comment in the media. It is 2023 and it has been described...

Making the invisible visible

In the UK, British Arabs often share similar cultures, language and identity despite being from different Arab countries. Many British Arabs reside in the bigger cities such as London and Birmingham...

Unconscious bias: gynaecological pain, the elephant in the womb!

‘Gynaecology, being predominantly focused on women's reproductive health, was sometimes considered less prestigious or less prioritised than other surgical fields’.

Capacity, belief and impairment of the mind or brain

‘Although Mr C's general capacity was impaired by schizophrenia, it had not been established that he does not sufficiently understand the nature, purpose and effects of the treatment he refuses....

Patient empowerment: the need to go beyond buzzwords

When we use concepts such as patient empowerment, we need to be as specific as we can about what we mean and understand about the term. We don't want the words to be just seen as a convenient ‘clarion...

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Patient satisfaction of specialist nurse-led renal cancer follow-up

The study aimed to assess patient satisfaction levels with specialist nurse-led renal cancer follow-up. It was hoped that this would help validate the use of the service in this centre and also...

Ergonomic comparison of different incontinence products and effects on time and physical demands on carers

In both studies, three absorbent incontinence products were investigated: the elastic slip, the traditional slip, and the belted slip..

Transanal irrigation to treat chronic constipation in patients with spinal cord injury: a case study

Mr K was a gentleman with a new spinal cord injury who sustained his injury following a motorbike accident – the injury occurred at level T6. He began experiencing autonomic dysreflexia episodes and...

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