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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.

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.

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.

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 value of a career in practice nursing

I recently spent a fabulous afternoon observing a Queen's Nurse seeing patients in a busy London surgery. She is a highly skilled nurse practitioner (NP) and demonstrated all that is good about the work of nurses in GP surgeries.

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'.

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

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