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RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 launches on 30 October, with entries invited in 11 categories

Could you be the RCN Nurse of the Year in the year of the nurse?

Entries open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020, your chance to promote your work and specialty

Picture shows a woman naked from the waist up, with a scar where one breast has been removed. People with cancer are allowing pictures of themselves displaying the scars from their treatment to be used in the fundraising Defiance project.

Stand Up To Cancer campaign uses photos of real people to portray ‘raw reality’

Photographs of cancer patients showing their scars appear in project to raise funds

Picture shows an ambulance travelling at high speed in an urban scene. Ambulance crews are to be allowed to see patients’ mental health crisis plans to help cut emergency admissions

Ambulance crews allowed access to mental health crisis plans

A pilot project will allow crews to see records in a bid to cut emergency admissions

nurse sits by a patient's bedside looking at her clipboard

Has intentional rounding turned ward nursing into a tick-box exercise?

Routine rounds are more to do with managing risk than patient-centred care, study suggests

Picture shows a teenager playing videogames in his bedroom. A new NHS clinic with specialist mental health nurses will help young people addicted to gaming.

New NHS clinic with mental health nurses will help young gaming addicts

An NHS clinic with specialist mental health nurses will help young people addicted to gaming

Picture shows a nurse doing a medicines review with an older man. A nurse-led monitoring tool that checks for adverse drug reactions could help curb overuse of mental health medicines in care homes, researchers say.

Nurse-led monitoring tool could curb overprescribing in care homes

Simple checklist could help avoid overuse of medicines for mental health issues in care homes

Evidence and Practice

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a...

Background Crisis houses are an alternative to acute psychiatric hospital admission. Aim To...

Rethinking concurrent disorders: implications and future directions for nursing practice

Rethinking concurrent disorders: implications and future directions for nursing practice

Substance use issues and mental health disorders often co-occur. Although there is an...

Development of a suicide intervention training programme for secondary mental health services

Development of a suicide intervention training programme for secondary mental health...

This article describes the elements of a suicide intervention training programme, known as...

Using cognitive behaviour therapy techniques with people who hold delusional beliefs

Using cognitive behaviour therapy techniques with people who hold delusional beliefs

This article uses a case study approach to increase awareness of CBT skills

Clozapine-induced constipation: a service evaluation

Clozapine-induced constipation: a service evaluation

All nurses need to be aware of the dangers associated with clozapine-induced constipation

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

Delivery of training by mental health nurses to staff in a benefits district in west Scotland

Features

Nathan Filer

Exploring serious mental illness: an interview with nurse-turned-author Nathan Filer

For World Mental Health Day 2019 a former nurse talks about his latest book

Mental health conditions gave now overtaken musculoskeletal complaints as the number one reason for sickness absence among nurses.

Nurses open up about their mental health problems

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news

Mature students

Mature students are vital to mental health nursing – but numbers are dropping

Financial pressures put older potential candidates off mental health nursing as a career

Team offers intensive support to enable service-users to live independently

Rehabilitation by award-winning team enables people with mental illness to live at home

Rachel Luby

How one nurse helped break the taboo of talking about sex in mental healthcare settings

Rachel Luby impresses RCNi Nurse Awards judges with her determination and approach

Mental health conference

The mental health conference that felt more like a festival

Student-led conference on mental health nursing incorporated yoga, dance and social media

Opinion

Picture shows a woman talking to a counsellor about anxiety and depression. A five-year initiative by the WHO seeks to ensure access to high quality and affordable mental health care for an additional 100 million people in 12 countries.

WHO’s $60 million mental health initiative should not ignore nursing

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organization’s five-year mental health plan

Picture shows a scene from the movie Joker in which the star, Joaquin Phoenix, wearing clown makeup, is looking at a mirror on which has been written, ‘Put on a happy face.’ The article argues that Joker’s portrayal of mental illness is worrying. 

Joker distorts link between mental illness and violence

Joker is playing to packed cinemas, but its portrayal of mental illness is worrying

Illustration of female mental health service user who has been sexually abused

Sexual safety in all mental health settings is a fundamental right for service users

Sexual Safety Collaborative to have new standards to improve sexual safety on wards

Students

 Nursing is fast-paced in the emergency department

Mental health and adult nursing, plus the pace of emergency care – this role has it all

A dual-registration newly qualified nurse reflects on what she has learned in her first year

On the front line with a paramedic

A day spent shadowing a paramedic showed the complex range of skills this role requires, and the emotional side of the work

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

Careers

Mental health lead Gill Drummond (right) receives the CNO Silver Award for Excellence in Nursing from chief nursing officer for England Ruth May

Mental health and dementia lead

Gill Drummond reflects on her career and what makes a good mental health nurse

Risq Animasaun

Senior staff nurse on a general psychiatric, female-only ward

I have an instinctive desire to provide care and support to people, says Risq Animasaun

Jodie Alder

Advanced nurse practitioner in personality disorder

Jodie Alder explains why she chose to work in secure services for men

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