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'Nurses have a duty to actively engage in the political process'

'Nurses have a duty to actively engage in the political process' Subscription Required


The past few weeks have been a turbulent time for the healthcare system.

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Patients should be referred to an ophthalmic unit in cases of suspected cataracts

Nurses' role in early detection of cataracts Subscription Required


By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.

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Childhood coeliac disease: diagnostic pathways update Subscription Required


Amended coeliac disease guidelines mean some symptomatic children can now be diagnosed without having to have a biopsy of their small bowel.

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

How a time machine concept aids dementia care Subscription Required


A “time machine” analogy is a useful way of understanding memory problems in people with dementia, better enabling health professionals to make appropriate interventions.

Reducing smoking is one of the seven priorities for improving the public's health

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To help meet the nation’s future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health.

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression


Nursing Times Learning has launched a new unit on how to tell the difference between dementia, delirium and depression in older people, to ensure they receive the right care.

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Visit our dedicated Career Zone for interview and application advice, whether you're looking for a career change, a new position or your first nursing role.

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Bullies’ tactics differ depending on whether they employ active or passive aggression

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Five years from now half of us will face cancer during our lives.

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Overview of Advance Care Planning: Video

Watch our video which gives an overview of Advance Care Planning.

Buying smarter, buying safer

Buying smarter, buying safer

A new campaign is set to encourage nurses to get involved in the purchasing of clinical products to ensure greater patient safety and more cost-effective treatment. The RCN, NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network have worked together to produce a toolkit to help nurses buy better

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Care home nurses say their education and training needs are ‘neglected’


“Neglected” care home nurses are failing to receive adequate preparation for the role and are unable to access the same career development opportunities as NHS nurses, according to a survey.

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'Knowledge of how to care for people with dementia is not reaching many staff'


A few weeks ago I went to see Still Alice and cried. Despite close contact with people with dementia it was a shock to see a middle-aged woman with the condition, her rapid decline and the impact her illness had on those around her. As a woman in my fifties I was also frightened by what the future might hold.

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Can we teach the next generation of nurses compassion?

Can we teach the next generation of nurses compassion?


With reviews and reports throwing up questions about whether there exists a lack of compassion in healthcare, Emma Vincent asks if compassion truly is something that can be taught.

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Do zero tolerance policies deskill nurses?

Do zero tolerance policies deskill nurses?

A zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression has been widely adopted in healthcare but health professionals must be flexible in how they tackle such situations

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