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The care home sector: a chance for career progression

In early 2023, I fancied a new challenge after 14 years working as a senior nursing lecturer in academia. Only 3 months into the role of Regional Senior Nurse (RSN), for one of the largest social care...

Transitioning to primary care nursing

‘Over the past year I have learnt so many new skills, including ear care, smoking cessation support and cervical screening’.

The challenge of rehabilitation following critical illness in low-income countries

In LICs, with relatively young populations and many patients admitted to critical care due to trauma, limited rehabilitation is a major cause for concern, resulting in complications, prolonged...

Supporting holistic care of young people in the community

Primary care services and schools are seeing more children presenting with increasing mental health demands, in need of behavioural support, or mental health needs, which can manifest in different...

Female genital mutilation and a nurse's duty to report cases to the police

The recent conviction of a woman for assisting another person to undertake female genital mutilation (FGM) on a three-year-old British girl during a trip to Kenya, has been hailed as evidence of the...

The importance of NHS patient safety lesson learning

‘SO1: Make zero avoidable harm to patients a state of mind and a rule of engagement in the planning and delivery of health care everywhere.’ .

Striking the right balance

I have been building a list of things I would like to have known when I was a chief nurse that I have learnt since joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), to enable me to work with colleagues...

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, in performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform...

Nurses with visible tattoos and the issue of stigmatisation by the public

Nursing is still a predominantly female-based profession, with approximately 90% of all Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-registered nurses listed as female (NMC, 2023). Although women with visible...

Developing perspectives in NHS patient safety

In terms of patient safety improvement practices and culture development, a recent report published by Healthcare Excellence Canada (Gilbert et al, 2023) provides some interesting and valuable...

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...

Statins: the risks and statistics

‘If clinicians are going to recommend statins to their patients, then their duty of care must extend to ensuring that the nature of absolute risk and relative risk is explained’ .

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