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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Advising older people on physical activity: challenges and strategies

Why you should read this article: • To explore the evidence regarding the required levels of physical activity in older people • To increase your awareness of the importance of adequate physical activity in old age • To enhance your understanding of your role in advising older people on physical activity Appropriate physical activity has more benefits than risks for older people. Increased physical activity enhances older people’s mental and physical well-being and can contribute to reduced morbidity and early mortality. Nurses have an important role in advising older people on the level of physical activity that is right for them. Based on the national requirements for physical activity in older people, nurses can tailor their advice to each individual, address the person’s concerns about potential risks and emphasise the likely benefits of them becoming more physically active. This article explains the role of nurses in promoting and encouraging physical activity in older people. It describes the historical background of this area of health promotion, considers the challenges nurses experience and discusses the strategies they can use when advising older people on physical activity.

Recognising eating disorders in older people

Recognising eating disorders in older people

Enhance your awareness of the manifestations of eating disorders in older people

Elder abuse responsibilities of staff when safeguarding nursing home residents in the Republic of Ireland

Elder abuse: responsibilities of staff when safeguarding nursing home residents

Republic of Ireland policies and procedures on safeguarding residents at risk of abuse

Exploring nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Exploring nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Identifying strengths and gaps in nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

PCT may be beneficial in identifying and treating bacterial infections in older people

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Learn about techniques that you can use to be more ‘present’ with people with dementia

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Identify interventions you could use in your practice to prevent and manage pressure ulcers

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Learn about some measures that could support nurses to implement high-quality oral care

Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Estimating cost of a music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Individualised music listening has been shown to reduce agitation and improve mood

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during COVID-19

Nurses need to be mindful of potential post-pandemic deconditioning in older people

Diagnosing, managing and preventing urinary tract infections in older people with dementia in hospital

Diagnosing, managing and preventing UTIs in older people with dementia in hospital

Urinary tract infections are common in older people but frequently complicated to diagnose

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

The care home community is divided on whether or not staff should wear a uniform

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Early career nurses undertaking post-registration education in care for older people

Developing and evaluating a competency framework in a UK university

An advanced nurse practitioner-led service for older people’s emergency surgery

Enhance your awareness of the value and use of comprehensive geriatric assessments

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

Consider actions you could take in your practice to prevent medicines-related falls

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

The role of nutritional interventions in the treatment of, and recovery from, COVID-19

‘Five things about me’ – enhancing person-centred care for older people

How person-centred care includes the whole person, including values, beliefs and aspirations

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Why you should read this article: • To understand why enjoying cultural events such as music...

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