Patients with Alzheimer’s disease using anti-epileptic drugs have twice the risk of pneumonia compared to non-users, according to researchers.
The retention of registered nurses is a critical issue with the loss of nurses from the workforce is having a significant impact on healthcare.
Ann-Marie Riley praises the #endPJparalysis campaign, stressing how quickly loss of muscle strength can happen in hospital and how important it is to keep patients mobile
Can living well with dementia actually be achieved? I know it can, but only if you allow the person to actually live with dementia.
Student Nursing Times editor Rebecca Hammond reflects on the impact of music therapy
Frailty has become a focus for many clinicians and policy makers in recent years but the word is often poorly understood by both healthcare staff and people living with frailty, explains Dawne Garrett.
Reflecting on her own mum’s care, Liz Deutsch realises that the role nurses can play in improving an older person’s quality of life is further reaching than it appears at first glance
One of the first things I learnt as a student in anatomy and physiology lectures was the need to understand what is normal in order to appreciate the changes that occur as a result of illness and disease.
Making mistakes during placements should be seen as a learning opportunity to improve your practice, shares student nurse Louisa
Sorrel recalls her first experience of caring for a patient at the end of life and how the passion for nursing she gained that day has stayed with her throughout her career
Last week we reported that pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis than white women in later life. This story caught my eye as I had just been to a meeting for people newly diagnosed with osteoporosis and so have bones that are brittle and fracture easily.
Ken Spearpoint comments on the case of a nurse cautioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for not trying to resuscitate a nursing home resident who had been found dead
Student nurse Carys recounts her first placement experiences, right from learning about maggot therapy to caring for a Welsh-speaking patient
A local newspaper recently published an article where it was reported that a nurse had been reprimanded for “not trying to revive a ‘dead’ woman” (Blackpool Gazette, 1st March 2017) and more recently in this journal.
I chose this title as that’s how people see me: ‘just a care home nurse’. But I know that I and my sector colleagues are so much more.
Victoria Stevans sits down with Laura Maitra, a frailty nurse and recent winner of a Clinician of the Year Award, to get her take on community nursing and the importance of in-home care
Lynne Yates explains the importance of knowing how the aging process can affect a person’s body - and their response to treatment
After reaping the benefits of the Teaching Care Home pilot, Karen Davies challenges other care home managers to reflect on how they can share and disseminate best practice within the care home sector
”There is a completely new language in this country that I don’t understand any more,” says Mary, my current client, while reading the daily newspaper in her house in London.
Florence Bawak, a dementia matron at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, usually starts her day at 7am with memory assessments.
We hear about Claire Kibble, a senior nurse practitioner with Your Healthcare, who has led with such purpose over her 40-year career that her fellow nurses can’t help but sing her praises (and plan elaborate surprises for her).
After initially retiring from nursing, Maureen was surprised to find that working in a care home reenergised her passion for the profession
Patients are at their most vulnerable while in hospital and look to us as nurses to provide reassurance, comfort and a form of caring love, says Hannah Pryke
Helena plans to use her chief nurse junior followship to explore and tackle the issues surrounding providing care to patients with dementia in post-anaesthetic care.
District nurses reduce unnecessary admissions and therefore stress on the hospital system.
Roxanna Whiteman explains how art therapy helps patients who have dementia and their families
I’ve spent the last ten weeks on an older people’s rehabilitation ward where the patients are quite unwell; they need help to wash, dress, eat and get to the toilet
Having dementia is bad enough, then you get ill or have a fall and end up in hospital, the worst place you could be with dementia.
We talk to Ann Saunders, team manager of the Specialist Memory Service at Central and North West London Foundation Trust, who has been a nurse for 20 years.
Gathering, right from the time of admission, information that will be key for discharge is one of those ‘small things’ that can improve discharge from hospital, argues Liz Lees-Deutsch
An NGO run by nurses and health professionals for nurses and health professionals
The care system is a vital part of the network designed to protect those most vulnerable in our society, but in many areas it is simply not doing its job.
Before I became a student nurse I was passionate about care of older adults and always affected by stories of older people who were lonely.
Community care is often not seen as a viable first nursing role, but senior lecturer Neesha Oozageer Gunowa argues this belief is unfounded.
With more and more of us living in single person households, Hazel explores the impact this is having on mental health.
How much do we really know about the risk of an individual developing a pressure ulcer? Can we eliminate preventable pressure ulcers in the future?
Would the duck fit? Well, it would have to. Would it be enough? Well, it would have to be.
We talk to Vicki Abrahams, a student nurse, currently in her second year.
We talk to Helen Shepherd, WellChild complex discharge planning coordinator and lead nurse - children’s continuing care, WellChild and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, who has been a nurse for 14 years.
Before I started studying nursing I had no experience of the caring profession. Other than my nephews and nieces I had never washed anyone, or helped a person to the toilet, or fed someone.
I remember being in my third and final year of my nursing degree fervently hoping that I would secure a job in an older adult community mental health nursing team.
Lauren Piercy, a mental health student nurse, presents a poem about patient engagement, honesty and what it is like to be a student nurse entering a conversation when confidence is low.
A nursing student explores a family member’s end-of-life care and experiences in the form of a poem.
This week is my first set of nights working with the psychiatric assessment team in a general hospital.
Last month our special inquiry into discharge processes was published, revealing that thousands of vulnerable people are at risk because of premature, delayed or unsafe discharges.
It is 12:00 and I have an older male patient booked in for an ear irrigation.
We’ve all woken up at 5am after a restless night, made our way along a strange bus route towards a placement that from the get-go didn’t sound overly appealing.
Involving volunteers in supporting older people who have been discharged from hospital to resume independent living can help solve the issue of delayed patient discharges, suggests John Pearson
How do you come to terms with a patient telling you they’re ready to die?
There are brilliant examples of good dementia care in the NHS, but to make that happen everywhere, nurses and other healthcare staff need to learn how to secure the support of families and friends, stresses June Andrews
Sir Terry Pratchett’s death is a terrible loss. Not only to the millions of Discworld fans around the world but, perhaps more importantly, to the nursing community and those who are part of the fight against dementia.
What can nursing do to attract students and nurses to older people’s care, asks Liz Charalambous
We as nurses pride ourselves on our person-centred and holistic approach to caring for patients, particularly older people.
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.
The recognition of nursing excellence boosts morale and inspires others, says Emma Vincent
Liz Charalambous reminds us how important assessments are - as long as staff don’t forget to use they clinical judgement as well.
November 2014 is the first ever ‘Stop the Pressure’ month.
Improving nurses’ knowledge of dementia care is crucial, says Cliff Kilgore
Nurses have a role to play in encouraging care home staff to think about how they can support residents to stay as active as possible, says Karin Tancock
When Cathy’s Mum was admitted onto a general ward, she was concerned the staff would be unable to offer the flexible care someone with dementia needs
Hannah found she experienced a different emotion every hour while on placement at a nursing home