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Time to prioritise wellbeing

Reflecting on recent months, pressure points are being highlighted in so many sectors, not least healthcare, with ambulance staff, nurses and junior doctors striking. The challenges of engagement and...

Stand up for your patients

In 2019, I was completely overwhelmed when I received the BJN Vascular Access Nurse of the Year Award. Along with many other nurses in the field of vascular access, to be recognised for my work in...

Don't ignore the warning signs: take action on stress

“Look after yourselves so that you can look after your patients … and live as fulfilling life as you desire”.

Celebrating the cancer clinical nurse specialist

On 15 March we will see the second National Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) awareness day. Created by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, this day is now embedded into our working year.

An ageing population

In England and Wales, the population continues to age. The 2021 Census results confirm there are more people than ever before in older age groups – over 11 million people, 18.6% of the total...

A change in culture needed

The Wound Care Alliance UK (WCAUK) annual conference is being held at Gloucester Rugby Club on Wednesday 10 May 2023. For more details and to book your place, please see the advert in this journal or...

Investing in adult social care

Some patients are unable to be discharged from hospital because councils do not have the funds or wherewithal to facilitate their care afterwards. The media reports that hospital corridors in...

Suicide: children and young adults

Suicide was the leading cause of death among children and young adults in Scotland between 2011 and 2020. Public Health Scotland (PHS) (2022a) determined that around a quarter (25.7%) of all deaths in...

Kicking the glove habit

Through my work with NIVAS, I spent quite a bit of time in 2022 talking about glove use in clinical practice. I've had time to reflect on my own practice and practice nationally within the IV therapy...

Integrated care systems

Collaboration between health and social care has been accelerated significantly over the last 2 years, demonstrating what can been done when working together, being flexible, adopting new technology...

Taking care of our clients and ourselves

If we have learnt anything in the previous couple of years, it is that nurses are tenacious, skilled, resourceful, compassionate and competent. During the pandemic, they found themselves redeployed to...

Coming together to make a difference to nutritional care

'As we approach the end of the year it is always a good time to reflect on the months gone by and the progress made. In May 2022, I was successful in my application to join the National Nurses...

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