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Who are nurses voting for in the 2015 general election?

Visit the Election 2015 zone to find out how NT readers are planning to vote on 7 May

'Step out of your comfort zone and overcome your fears'

'Step out of your comfort zone and overcome your fears' Subscription Required


Have you ever considered taking an active role in a specialist nursing organisation? Becoming more than just a member?

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The plans can ensure patients know when their asthma is worsening

Co-creating personalised asthma action plans Subscription Required


National guidance recommends that all patients with asthma are offered a personal asthma action plan, created by health professionals in partnership with patients.

Patients with IPF benefit from ambulatory oxygen therapy during and after activity

Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis: care standards Subscription Required


New NICE quality standards for interstitial pulmonary fibrosis aim to improve care standards for all patients diagnosed with this progressive and life-limiting condition.

IPF is the commonest type of ILD, and results in scarring in the lungs

Care planning in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Subscription Required


Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disorder requiring careful management in partnership with patients to slow its progress and optimise quality of life.

Respiratory nurses play a fundamental role in the care pathway of patients with COPD

An audit of care provided to patients with COPD Subscription Required


Nationwide audit of COPD care reveals many aspects of provision have improved, but the number of units with specialist nurses managing COPD caseloads has declined.

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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Small changes, big differences

Nursing staff can and should be involved in the procurement of the products that they use on a daily basis.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network (CPSN), have joined forces to help nursing staff use their unparalleled knowledge and experience to have a say in how their trust purchases and utilises key clinical supplies.

Watch their video (above) to find out how this approach is ensuring greater levels of patient safety and saving money at Tower Hamlets PCT.

Learn more about the campaign here

Community and public health nursing

Community and Public Health Nursing. 5th Edition


‘I would recommend this book to student nurses, community and district nurses and anybody with a passion for public health nursing.’

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Upwards bullying - when managers are the victims

Managers can find themselves being bullied by members of their own team

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Time to choose


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

Advance care planning video

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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Start of new system of checks on nurses put back by three months


The new system for checking nurse’s competencies every three years is to be launched several months later than planned in order to provide more preparation time for the first wave of nurses going through the process.

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Are student nurses living in poverty?


Sometimes you see a headline and know an article is going to be worth the five minutes it will take to read. That’s how I felt when a member of our news team filed a story from the Unison conference: ‘Student nurses should be paid “living wage” while on placement, says union’.

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Nurses could determine the next government, but who deserves our vote?

Nurses could determine the next government, but who deserves our vote?


Many people question the value of their vote in the upcoming election. What’s the point? Will it make any difference?

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PEG tubes: dealing with complications

PEG tubes: dealing with complications

Complications arising from the insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can be life-threatening so nurses should be able to identify and manage them



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