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Someone washing their hands. It is important to wash hands thoroughly at the end of a shift. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: dos and don’ts for when you get home

Online sources list rigorous steps to take after each shift – but what do the experts say?

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 Alice Kit Tak Ong (left) and Rebecca Mack (right)

COVID-19: tributes paid after death of two more nurses

Employers and loved ones praise dedication of Alice Kit Tak Ong and Rebecca Mack

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Reusing single-use PPE

COVID-19: ‘promised PPE supplies are not reaching front-line staff’

Inadequate provision is compromising nurse and patient safety, RCN warns

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CPR during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses receive conflicting advice on PPE and resuscitation

Public Health England guidance contrasts with Resuscitation Council advice on CPR

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A nurse dialling a mobile phone. The helpline is designed to support NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: mental health helpline for nurses opens

NHS staff can speak to volunteers from charities such as Hospice UK and the Samaritans

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Handwashing and PPE

COVID-19 survey: RCN calls for nurses’ feedback on the crisis

Three-pronged survey will look at healthcare staff’s experiences throughout the pandemic

Evidence and Practice

Advanced ophthalmic nurse practitioners: the potential to improve outcomes for older...

Why you should read this article: • To gain a basic understanding of normal vision and its...

Type 2 diabetes in older people: pathophysiology, identification and management

Why you should read this article: • To understand the differences between younger and older...

Urinary tract infection prevention: evaluating Scotland’s national hydration campaign

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of the challenges posed by...

Changing needs in advanced dementia

Why you should read this article: • To be aware that people living with advanced dementia...

Supporting family carers via the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: reflection on a case...

Why you should read this article: • To increase your awareness of the post-diagnostic...

Evaluating a palliative care education programme for domiciliary care workers

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the challenges experienced by domiciliary...

Features

Nurses transform mouth care with oral hygiene plan

Two nurses devised single-use oral hygiene kit that hangs on patients’ bedsides

Picture of RCNi Nurse Award 2019 winner Lindsay Rees

Could it be you? Entries now open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020

Nominate yourself or a colleague for this prestigious nursing award in 2020

Picture of members of a nurse-led digital health service who use a video link to triage older people in care and nursing homes, avoiding unnecessary admissions to the emergency department.

Nurses use video link to keep older people out of hospital

Link enables nurses to triage people in care and nursing homes, reducing hospital admissions

Pills

Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

Dementia Carers' Support Service carers and volunteers

Volunteers are transforming the care of people with dementia

The Dementia Carers’ Support Service helps carers draw on the experience of volunteers

DaisyMeakin and Loretta Peck

Dementia Carers’ Support Service was invaluable when I was caring for my dad

The service helped Loretta Peck care for her father – and prompted her to become a nurse

Opinion

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COVID-19: illustration showing how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

COVID-19: how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

Blurring organisational boundaries and how we share information are among the changes

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

Malnutrition and older people

Why unexpected weight loss in older people should not be ignored

Nurses need to debunk the myths about weight and appetite in older age

Students

A nurse sits talking to a nursing home resident as he undertakes a craft activity

Dementia at the end of life: why every nursing student needs to learn about it

An Admiral Nurse explains how she uses hospice placements to deepen students’ understanding

The students are asked ‘questions that are often challenging’

How teaching children about dementia helps you become a better communicator

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

Careers

Nursing associates in training

I’m proud to be training as a nursing associate – and let me tell you why

Misunderstood role is no mere stepping stone – it has a distinctive place in the nursing team

Kellie Owen

A passion for collaboration

Kellie Owen, winner of the 2019 Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship, on influencing the culture of care homes

‘Don’t be too focused on the task at hand’

Admiral Nurse Sarah Oakwood on her ‘musts’ for working with older people

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