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Genetic screening: the right to know

In 1997 the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Different skills, common values

In September 2013 the QNI released a resource for nurses starting a first post with a district nursing team: Transition to Community Nursing Practice.

Community care at its best - everywhere

In 2005 my Auntie Helen, aged 66, was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy was administered for more than nine years, and trial drugs for two years after the standard drugs became ineffective.

Small changes make a huge difference

On 1 July, PHE held a conference called At the Heart of it All. The conference, for nurses, midwives, health visitors and AHPs, was founded on the philosophy that as healthcare practitioners (HCPs) we are at the heart of protecting and improving health.

PNs need more

Last month, I attended RCN Congress. It was enlightening, exhilirating at times, exhausting, and a thrill to put faces to names and talk to, as Peter Carter would say, hard-working nurses.

District nurses' views build picture

The QNI has been running a 'Right Nurse, Right Skills' campaign for the past two years, seeking to influence the planning of an appropriate district nursing workforce to meet the increasingly challenging and complex needs of patients being cared for in their own homes.

Allergy common but not taken seriously

Allergy affects almost 50% of children in the UK. It is the most common and growing chronic childhood disorder. Eight per cent of children now have diagnosed food allergy, causing them and their parents to live on constant alert.

Nurses can help cope with demand

Hearing about the plight of general practice and the high numbers of patients seen daily is now so commonplace it has become merely a fact of how the NHS works today.

Q&A The RCN's Peter Carter

The RCN's chief executive and general secretary discusses the focus on primary care nurses, their pay, and training and developing the workforce with Rita Som.

Drug addicts need specialist help

There was recently a lot of coverage concerning Peaches Geldolf's untimely death. A similar media frenzy followed Amy Winehouse's death, and that of Peaches' mother Paula Yates in 2000.

Celebrating the best community nurses

On International Nurses' Day, 12 May 2014, the QNI held an awards ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington. More than 220 people were in the audience to celebrate all that is good about community nursing, leadership, innovation and excellence in pro

Nurses necessary for services and access

As government policy encourages caring for people in the community, and in many cases in their own homes, patients are being encouraged to learn about their conditions and become experts in their own care.

To deliver, Miliband must support PNs

Primary care has been been the focus of national media attention, following the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband's pledge to ensure everyone has the right to an appointment at their surgery within 48hrs, and sooner for those in the most need.

Asthma care: one death is one too many

The report by the National Review of Asthma Deaths supported findings from previous enquiries by providing further evidence that most asthma deaths are preventable and thus remedial. So are we failing in our care and management of asthma?

Q&A The NMC's Jackie Smith

In the first of a series of interviews with nursing leaders and key figures within the profession, the Nursing and Midwifery Council's chief executive discusses nurse revalidation and fees with Rita Som.

Stand up and be counted

The general practice nursing (GPN) workforce is shrinking at a time when care is shifting from secondary care to primary care, in line with the government's agenda to deliver care closer to home.

Practice nurses should be given more power

I have just been reading the disillusioned ANP's letter about her experiences in general practice and being employed by GPs. (Practice Nurses Still Treated Poorly, IN, 17 March-6 April, p14).

Handwashing should be policed

In the nineteenth century, obstetrician Dr Ignatz Semmelweis (1818-1865) instigated a handwashing regime on the labour ward of the Vienna General Hospital, where mortality rates from puerperal fever (a streptococcal infection) exceeded 12 per cent. Within

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