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'Practice what you preach'

'Practice what you preach'


Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to eat more healthily, lose weight, tone up, or do more exercise? By the time this blog is published, apparently most people will have failed.

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Callum Metcalfe_SNT

Rehabilitation: a journey of pace and variety Subscription Required


Community hospitals are key in the further rehabilitation and care of patients discharged from acute or emergency settings.

Chris Betteridge and Olivia Lord-SOTM

Making student placements better with the 6Cs


Christian Betteridge, Practice Education Facilitator at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust which serves Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, is January’s 6Cs in Action: Celebrating Excellence winner.

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What could you gain from a placement in another EU country? Subscription Required


Christopher was amazed at the increased responsibility he had on placement in Finland, but he found the exchange programme offered far more than practical skills

'If we don't fight mental health stigma within the nursing profession, how can we ask our clients to do so?'

'If we don't fight mental health stigma within the nursing profession, how can we ask our clients to do so?'


Fighting stigma is part of most trust’s policies and even some people’s contracts, but little seems to be done to support this.

Prince Arthur Nkala-SNT

'I didn't realise that after a person has died, it's hard to treat them as if they are dead' Subscription Required


Prince was not sure how to feel about seeing his first dead bdoy, but helping with last offices helped him recognise the respect and dignity involved in preparing a body

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Mastering your dissertation: what you need to know

Mastering your dissertation: what you need to know Subscription Required

Dissertations can feel like stressful, bumpy car-rides. Here are some tips that can turn the last stretch of your journey to qualifying into a smooth success.

Elaine Francis_SNT

A letter to myself: 5 lessons I wish I'd learnt earlier Subscription Required

If you could write a letter to yourself 15 years ago, what would you say?

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Principles of transmission-based precautions

Principles of transmission-based precautions Subscription Required


Nursing Times Learning has launched a unit on patient isolation, in association with the Infection Prevention Society, which explores precautions to prevent infection spread.

Increasing recognition of childhood incontinence

Increasing recognition of childhood incontinence Subscription Required


A pilot project is training health professionals to recognise continence problems in children during routine appointments, to ensure they receive early intervention.

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Philip Keeley

'The best students are willing to challenge conventional ideas and ask questions' Subscription Required

We speak Philip Keeley, director of undergraduate education at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester.

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Your placement learning objectives decoded

Your placement learning objectives decoded Subscription Required

At first glance, your placement documentation can be daunting. We’ve pulled apart the most commonly used wording to help you understand exactly what you’re being asked to do.

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Norfolk and Suffolk trust pilots Dutch-style student nurse coaching

Student nurses at the University of East Anglia are piloting a new style of mental health placement adopted from The Netherlands, which sees them coached by nurses brought in to focus specifically on their training.

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Are you a new student nurse?


Do you need additional support while at university? Meet Diverse Learners

Diverse Learners supports student nurses who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, long term health conditions and/or mental health issues to develop their skills and self-confidence via study skills support sessions and mentoring.

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