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2014: A year of growth

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

The language of care

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

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.

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.

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.

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

The importance of language

My frustration with the language we use, and its potential to influence our collective thinking, has continued unabated in the last few weeks.

HEE supports community nurses

Welcome to the first issue of 2014. The new year is traditionally a time for reflection on the past twelve months, implementing new ideas and a positive approach to the year ahead.

Something in the air

I recently attended my first conference since becoming the editor of Independent Nurse: the annual QNI conference, entitled 'Healthcare at Home'.

More than words

I came across a quote recently from the American Poet Jeffrey McDaniel: 'I realise that there is something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they're experts at letting things go'.

It is essential to train more district nurses

The QNI has been calling for an increase in the number of qualified district nurses for the last two years through our Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign. We also recently undertook a piece work to identify how many district nursing courses were running in September 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and how many district nurse students started their programmes at that time.

An insight into the nursing profession

This is my last edition as editor of Independent Nurse and I would like to thank the many inspirational primary care and community nurses with whom I have worked.

Out of the hospitals and into communities

The government's gaze has been fixed on secondary care since the publication of Robert Francis' report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital. But like the fiery eye of Tolkien's Sauron on top of Mount Doom, the all-seeing eye has now moved its

Our focus must be on community settings

The new NHS architecture comes into being on the day this issue of Independent Nurse is published. Statistics about the incoming structures have abounded in the media and the debate about the impact on patients and services has been growing to a crescendo.

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