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Call for NMC to strengthen revalidation portfolio checks

7-Oct-2015 | By

The Nursing and Midwifery Council must strengthen the way it proposes to verify registrants under its new system of competency checks in order to ensure public protection, a union has warned.


PNs face ‘tension’ between time pressure and holistic care

7-Oct-2015 | By

Practice nurses face being caught between moves towards providing more holistic care to patients with long-term conditions and local surgery policies of limiting consultations to one problem.

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'A patient's perspective made me see nursing differently'

'A patient's perspective made me see nursing differently' Subscription Required


I am a senior nurse, currently off sick following several inpatient admissions for spinal surgery. I want to share some of my experiences with you in the hope that they will stimulate both celebration and reflection.

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A dementia first aid course for family carers

A dementia first aid course for family carers Subscription Required


A dementia first aid course dealing with frustrating and challenging behaviour was set up to support people who care for members of their family with dementia.

Porter said health was determined by many factors, including cultural and social

Can sociology help to improve nursing practice? Subscription Required


With increasing emphasis on preventative healthcare and public health, would nurses benefit from understanding the sociological influences on health and wellbeing?

Helping nurses reconnect with their compassion

Helping nurses reconnect with their compassion Subscription Required


A programme developed to support compassionate nursing practice has helped nurses to reconnect with the compassion that brought them into the profession.

Phrases like “my head feels like it’s in a vice” can help nurses get a sense of pain severity

The importance of assessing pain in adults Subscription Required


Pain is a personal experience but may be difficult to communicate. It is vital that nurses know how best to assess it to ensure the optimal treatment is given.

The body has its own chemicals that it can produce to deal with pain

Transmission of pain signals to the brain Subscription Required


The first part of this series described how pain is detected in the body. This article describes the process of pain transmission and how this relates to pain management.

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The Dark Side of Nursing

The Dark Side of Nursing


‘The author shares skills and strategies the reader can think about adopting to cope with or avoid bullying, and also ones for organisations to incorporate in their ways of working.’

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Anaphylaxis management: Importance of better informed prescribing

It is estimated that one in 1,333 members of the English population has experienced a severe allergic reaction during their lives. Anaphylaxis affects the airway, breathing, circulation or a combination of the three.

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Nurse immigration policy needs 'rethink', says NHS boss


NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has called for the government to better “join up the dots” between immigration policies and their effect on the NHS and nurse recruitment.

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word


Analysis of complaints sent to the health service ombudsman has found that not receiving an adequate apology is the most common complaint, accounting for a third of cases last year.

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English language testing for nurses: challenging the misconceptions

As a teacher of foreign languages, Helen frequently comes across opinions about English language testing for nurses that seem to be formed from very little information

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