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Beyond the basics: how the role of nursing staff goes beyond the patient

The perception that the job of nursing staff is just to care for the patient is certainly incorrect. These days, professionals face greater pressure to do much more than this, from caring for and supporting family members, providing consultative advice to peers, through to driving best practice standards.

More nurses, more services, better care

All eyes are on the GPs. A recent BMA survey has shown that, frustrated by workload and lack of time to spend with patients, a quarter of GPs are thinking of working part-time, one in 10 would like to move abroad and 34% are considering retiring in the next five years.

Enabling health not fixing it

Nurse training and nursing per se has to fundamentally change, so that primary care nurses become enablers of health, not fixers when things go wrong, says Heather Henry.

District nursing in the digital age

On 16 February, I had the privilege of chairing the QNI's conference on district nursing in the digital age. Nearly 200 delegates filled the room for what had been termed 'an accelerated learning event'.

Politicians must recognise carers

The election frenzy has started. The main political parties have presented their manifestos and there is a pressing need to understand the implications of the health policies within their proposals for reform and change.

Give patients the right advice

The Roman statesman Cicero said, 'Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself'. This might have gone down well in the Senate, but it would have got him into no end of trouble had he gone into healthcare and said this to a patient.

Social media and nursing

In my view, the nursing profession's use of social media is changing the way nurses access and share information. Various studies have shown that 65 per cent of nurses plan to use social media in the future.

2014: A year of growth

As we head towards the end of 2014, I have been reflecting on the year’s challenges and achievements.

Nurses welcomed at Number 10

On 6 October, 10 Downing Street held a reception to celebrate the work of nurses, carers and other healthcare professionals.

Community nurses will be integral to NHS sustainability

The recently published NHS England Five Year Forward View provides a great opportunity for nurses working in community and primary care services to become involved, if not to take the lead in the provision of new models of care.

PHE week of action will support children and parents

There is plenty to celebrate across nursing and midwifery. It is important we take the time to share our successes and good practice, and to connect with others to hear about the progress they are making and the challenges they face.

Students benefit from general practice work

The University of Hertfordshire has set up a project with the primary aim of exploring new community placement opportunities for pre-registration student nurses undertaking the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme.

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