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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’ .

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...

Delivering men's health

There is a need for nurses and other health and care professionals to develop a greater knowledge and awareness of the needs of men and boys so as to improve assessment and treatment. Men and boys...

Professional identity in nursing

Registered nurses are the largest group of health professionals globally, playing an essential role in the delivery of quality healthcare. Nursing has evolved over time, with the responsibilities of...

How person-centred care can be provided in forensic mental health

To understand the impact of person-centred nursing policy on forensic mental health care, one must first forge a definition of person-centred nursing policy. Smith-Merry et al (2007) defined policy as...

Nurses: ‘If you truly value us, then show it!’

As a 46-year veteran nurse, who is now retired, I wholeheartedly concur with Tiffin's (2012) statement that nursing is a process that has evolved from the position of a vocation to the status of a...

Introducing the Back to the Floor concept at the Royal Wolverhampton and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trusts

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, it was recognised by the senior nursing and midwifery leadership team that a collective re-set and more focus on the fundamentals of care was required. As a result, a...

Stop the NHS patient safety policymaking and practice merry-go-round and act

In the light of the above, is it fair to characterise NHS efforts to handle patient safety crises and develop policy and practice in the area as akin to being on a patient safety merry-go round? It is...

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