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Patient-centred discussions about emergency treatment

CPR decisions: what the updated ReSPECT form means for nurses

Resuscitation Council UK says the form is more patient-centred to support informed decisions

International recruitment plans include funding flights and accommodation

Leaked: NHS plan to increase international recruitment by 41% to plug nurse staffing gap

NHS England confirms £29 million investment in international nurse recruits

Pat Cullen (centre) with striking nurses in December 2019

Nurse who led historic RCN strike is nominated in National Campaigner Awards

RCN Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen is nominee in outstanding leadership category

Violence against nurses: government plans to double prison sentence to two years

Extension to existing law will cover England and Wales

New dementia module for nurses

Dementia UK offers free online course for nurses on supporting families and carers

Six-part module gives insight into the impact of dementia

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Nursing Standard in the running for two health journalism awards

RCNi’s flagship title nominated for Editor of the Year and Podcast of the Year

Evidence and Practice

Whorlton Hall, Winterbourne View and Ely Hospital: learning from failures of care

Why you should read this article: • To reflect on common types of abuse experienced by...

Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students to apply theory and evidence in practice

Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students

How a conceptual tool can be used to support applying theory and evidence in practice

Preventing, assessing and managing constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Preventing, assessing and managing constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Causes and risks of constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Barriers to and complexities of supporting paid work for adults with learning disabilities

Barriers to and complexities of supporting paid work for adults with learning...

Employing people with learning disabilities on training programmes and research projects

How special interest groups can support safe sexual well-being in adults with learning disabilities

Safe sexual well-being in adults with learning disabilities

How special interest groups can support safe sexual well-being

Using the technique of mindfulness in people with learning disabilities

Using the technique of mindfulness in people with learning disabilities

Nurses have a key role in ensuring service users can access mindfulness-based interventions

Features

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Safeguarding against the odds: ‘this highlights what learning disability nurses do’

Patient’s Choice award nominee Marie Perry ‘went all out’ to ensure a young man’s safety

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Cardiac arrest on a long-haul flight: ‘this brave young nurse saved my life’

As a nursing student, Patient’s Choice nominee Isobel Corrie gave CPR to a fellow passenger

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Rebecca Betts-Richards

A champion for people with personality disorders: ‘our nurse always puts us first’

How Patient’s Choice nominee Rebecca Betts-Richards supports mental health service users

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HIV nurse specialist ‘helped me rediscover my sense of purpose and self-confidence’

Mary Makarau has been nominated for the Patient’s Choice award for her compassionate care

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The nursing home team that helped me fight for a ‘second life’

Patient’s Choice nominee Rekha Govindan changed the prognosis for a man given weeks to live

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Support when families need it most: ‘health visitors may not know the impact they have’

Patient’s Choice nominee Noreen Ferguson helped a family deal with their son’s diagnosis

Opinion

Image illustrates the online interaction between new nursing students and their lecturer during the first week of term at university

COVID-19: uncertain times highlight the best of learning disability nursing

Nursing students starting university graduate courses face a strange new online world

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Planet Rachael: the danger of making assumptions

In the ‘new normal’, we must not assume that virtual consultations are accessible to all

COVID-19 and learning disabilities: reach out and connect

Clear communication on safeguards is vital for vulnerable people during the pandemic

Students

Illustration of a stick man on some pens and paper. Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder which affects the way you memorise, process and organise information. Picture: iStock

When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers

We need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

Careers

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

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Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

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