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Dementia and hospital pad culture: an argument for a more humane approach

Hospital continence routines symbolise dementia care at the cost of independence and dignity

COVID-19 guidelines: what our review found was an astonishing lack of evidence base

Ill-informed reviews left nurses vulnerable – and we must not let this happen again

Industrial action: I chose not to strike before, but this time is different

RCN Nurses of the Year appeal to colleagues to stand up for pay and patients

The ‘Big Quit’: would flexible working and retirement options encourage you to stay?

The NHS needs older experienced staff to stay, which will require sustained policy change

Staff retention: what would the NHS look like if nurses’ roles were respected?

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment

Human rights are patients’ rights: how proposed reforms may affect your role

Proposed changes could be at odds with our duty of care and code of conduct

Expert advice

What happens when someone makes a complaint about you: a step-by step guide for nurses

Take some of the stress out of the process by finding out what to expect at every stage

Acting up: find out if you should be getting more money

What you need to know if you are taking on work that is not part of your normal role

Industrial action ballot: how it works and what you need to know

Our guide explains the rules on the poll and its potential impact on pay

DNACPR notices: the patient’s role in decision-making and when consent is needed

The discussions required for valid notices, and how patients and their families are involved

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Symptoms to look out for, risk factors and treatment options

Medical records: am I allowed to look at my own notes at work?

What the law says about accessing your records, plus your rights of access

Editorial

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It’s not always kind to keep older people in bed

By encouraging mobility and social activities, we can promote frail people’s health

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It could be you: Nursing Older People seeks consultant editor

Role includes providing strategic direction and guidance on content and deadline is 30 June

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Workplace culture is crucial to our future vision of healthcare

Care failings need to be addressed in older people’s nursing and other settings

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Time to take stock of how older people’s care could look post-pandemic

Nicky Hayes looks at the opportunities and issues posed by COVID-19

Showcasing the best innovative practice in older people’s care

The 2022 RCN Nursing Awards offer a fresh chance to recognise nurses’ skill and adaptability

The pandemic has made short and longer-term plans for older people's care of vital importance

Building back better or papering over the cracks?

The pandemic has made short and longer-term plans for older people's care of vital importance

Your views

grey skin visible through breaks in young skin

Bravo to author of article about ageism and its implications for nursing practice

Nursing student is a role model of inclusive attitudes and behaviours

Readers panel: Are smartphone consultations a threat to traditional GP services?

A 24-hour service offering GP consultations via video link or smartphones has been launched for NHS patients in greater London. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Music therapy

Music to your ears in therapy

Alternative therapies, such as music therapy, could reduce the need for psychotropic drug use in dementia.

Zika3

Risk prevention key in tackling Zika virus

Professor Viroj Wiwanitkit writes to Nursing Older People

Reviews

Cover: Advance Care Planning in End of Life, 2nd ed

Book review: Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care

Consultant nurse for older people Nicky Hayes reviews this publication on end of life care

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Book review: Somebody I used to know

Admiral Nurse Wendy Mountford reviews Wendy Mitchell’s dementia memoir

Book review: The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

Director of quality, nursing and patient safety, Jonathan Webster reviews The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

Book review: Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing

PhD candidate Karen Rennie reviews Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing: A Person-Centred Guide for People with Dementia, Their Partners, Caregivers and Professionals

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Book review: Spirituality in Hospice Care

Drawing on research and philosophical literature, this book explores spirituality in hospices and end of life care

Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies

Book review: Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies

A timely book on social research methods for people with dementia

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