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The nursing profession is in an almost-constant state of flux. This year has been a particularly significant year, due to the introduction of revalidation. But while this has been the headline development of 2016, several smaller shifts have occurred. From the introduction of baby boxes, an idea adapted from Scandinavia, to a host of new opportunities for practice nurses, we round up the best professional articles from the last twelve months.

Caring for patients with complex needs in Rome
Sue Nightingale explains how she used her nursing skills to accompany sick and disabled people on a trip to Rome, where they met the Pope.

Accurate record keeping
Despite the vast amount of information and guidance available to practitioners, nursing documentation continues to be poor. Here is what good medical records should include and why it is crucial to keep them up-to-date and accurate.

The problem with presenteeism
Many nurses clock in despite being ill or unfit to work – a state referred to as presenteeism. When nurses work when they are unwell, it is counterproductive for employers not only due to later absence resulting from burnout, but also due to the financial costs of presenteeism-associated errors.

England launches baby box initiative
England is following in the footsteps of Finland by trialling a baby box in attempts to reduce infant mortality and increase education among expectant mothers. These boxes contain everything a newborn needs in the first stages of its life, as well as providing a cot to reduce risk when sleeping.

The benefits of nurse partners
What is the next step in practice nurse development? Many are taking up partnerships in existing practices along with their GP and practice manager colleagues and also establishing new practices.

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