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New workforce standards for district nursing launched

‘Workloads are far exceeding the capacity of services. From the qualitative data we have collected over the last 7 years, there appears to have been a shift towards district nursing teams acting as...

The community nurse and stoma care

A stoma appliance has many different names: a ‘stoma bag’ or ‘stoma pouch’ are terms commonly used by patients. A stoma appliance is used to collect and contain the output from a stoma. Thus, there...

Integrated care is needed, now more than ever: a professional's perspective

Locally, it was agreed for existing pathways within the integrated discharge team to be enhanced to support safe discharge of patients, enhance communication and build key relationships with...

Making waves: nurse-led urgent community response

A question arises: are we creating new services, rather than building on existing community health care?.

Before I Die: death positivity and the community nursing contribution

The founders and core working group of Before I Die: Worcestershire are a variety of professionals: a GP, a nurse, an arts leader and an end-of-life doula. Their goal was to enable positive communal...

Stoma-related considerations in palliative patients

A stoma is formed to divert either urine or faeces out of the body. A common reason for stoma formation is colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (Burch and Black, 2017). The most common...

An overview of stoma-related complications and their management

Stoma is a Greek word for mouth or opening, and, for the purposes of this article, only output stomas will be considered, that is, the colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy (Burch and Black, 2017). A...

Long COVID and mental health

Taquet et al (2021a) published the results of their study in the Lancet, which explored the neurological and psychological effect of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They looked specifically into 6-month...

Skin care in the summer: risks, assessment and treatment

There are two type of skin ageing factors: intrinsic and extrinsic. The Skin Cancer Foundation (2015) stated that the skin loses fat and water content as people age, becoming thinner and allowing UV...

TalkToUs—a telephone support line for community nurses

The QNI was fortunate in that one of its staff had extensive experience in setting up and managing telephone helplines, so we already had the expertise in-house to draw on for the creation and...

Preventing skin tears among older adults in the community

First, it is important to clarify what a skin tear is, as there can be some confusion or misconception that it is a minor issue or something far less complex than one might think..

Addressing nutrition in the road map of recovery for those with long COVID-19

COVID-19 has shone a light on the poor state of the health of our nation. Those severely affected by COVID-19 have comprised some of the most vulnerable members of the population with the poorest...

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