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Influencing service design to boost care

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are starting to recognise community nurses as a great asset. However, it is important for nurses to influence service development by engaging with CCGs.

My 'to do' list for community nurses

This is my last column for Independent Nurse as I leave the Queen's Nursing Institute this month. Looking back over my last seven years at the QNI, I feel I have been here during the most important period for community nursing for a very long time. So muc

Tackling malnutrition in the community

Last month, health secretary Andrew Lansley pledged to improve the nutritional value of hospital food. This, he feels, can be achieved through improving buying standards. Anything that has the potential to improve the nutritional care of hospital patients

A brand new strategy, a new lease of life

I recently talked to a group of health visitors, who described how, until recently, their practice had felt like social work. Because they were nurses, and did not want to leave families unsupported, they had felt obliged to work beyond their role in health.

Exercise your networking skills this year

Nursing has always been a small world. For all the vast number of nurses in the workforce, it is amazing how often the same names appear, the same faces are seen, and the same organisations feature in news, awards and journals.

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