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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.

The language of care

The QNI annual conference provided an opportunity for thought and reflection in response to our excellent speakers.

More nurses should own their own practices

A question was put to the Independent Nurse team at the annual QNI conference at the end of September. It sounded like a simple enough question but it momentarily stumped us. 'Why don't more nurses open and run their own practices?'

Challenges of sexual culture and health

Since the Jimmy Saville scandal in 2012, there has been a succession of historical cases of alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by figures in the public eye. These cases go back to the 70's when our culture tolerated sexism as part of life, and it is difficult not to believe bystanders must have 'turned a blind eye'.

Why community nurses should adopt a commissioner

I was at Heathrow, returning from holiday when my sister phoned to tell me that our father was dying. I rushed home to find the out of hours GP trying to persuade my sister that 'the best place for your father is in hospital where he will get proper care'. She said 'I can't let you admit him. My sister would kill me and my dad wants to stay at home.'

We can all help avoid admissions

There has been much in the news recently about initiatives to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions. General practitioners have been given the opportunity to provide an enhanced service aimed at preventing avoidable hospital admissions among their registered population.

QNI consults on further practice resources

Last year it was recognised by the QNI that there were a growing number of nurses new to primary care or community settings who were seeking additional support for their period of induction into their new roles.

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