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Should student nurses receive training in how to raise concerns about care?


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More big questions

Cup of tea and biscuits

When was the last time you felt able to have a cup of tea with a patient?

There is no doubt that spending time with patients is beneficial to everyone, but is sitting down and having a drink with your patient culturally acceptable in your place of work? Maria Davison thinks it should be

Emma Selby

Ever boxed with a patient?


Emma Selby found that unconventional methods resulted in unrivalled results with her patients

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Julienne Meyer

'Most care homes don't have registered nurses working in them'


Health, social care and housing need to be higher up on the political agenda. Existing systems do not support what needs to happen on the ground to meet the changing needs of older people.

Jennie Fecitt

'Francis provides a yardstick – we must measure against it'


Seven years ago, as a senior nurse at Manchester Walk-in Centres, I blew the whistle on patient safety issues.

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More analysis

'Beware the creeping danger of language that leads to blame'

What’s in a name? Quite a bit it seems. Researchers, writing in the subtly titled journal Evidence Based Medicine, have found that choosing the right name is the key to success in online dating.

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How you voted last week...

Was Peter Carter a good chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing?


'A month for honest reflection and action'


Can you hear that? It’s the collective intake of breath of the healthcare world before March hits us.

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'The purpose of fitness to practise is to protect the public by maintaining the integrity of the professional register'


Joint letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the professional bodies/trade unions about the importance of engaging early with the fitness to practise process

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A real opportunity to embed healthcare into the very fabric of society

A real opportunity to embed healthcare into the very fabric of society


We as nurses pride ourselves on our person-centred and holistic approach to caring for patients, particularly older people.

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Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Radical New Approach to Quitting Smoking


‘It has a use to anyone who wants to know some basic smoking facts.’

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