Do nurses really need to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?

By Lizzie Ette, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Hull and PhD candidate, Edinburgh Napier University. @busygirlizzie The first week of August sees the return of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Co-ordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) this event is usually well-known amongst midwifery and health visiting teams. However, WBW is perhaps less […]

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People with learning disabilities, creativity and inclusion in research

By Ruth Northway, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales @NorthwayRuth This year’s Learning Disability Awareness Week theme1 was  ‘creativity’ and I want to reflect on the need for creativity to promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in research. Historically the relationship between people with learning disabilities and research has not […]

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Professional Advocates: Investing in practitioners to achieve excellence in service delivery

By Vanessa Whatley, @whatleyvj : Deputy Chief Nurse, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Lisa Stephens ,@sagefemme2000 : Lead Midwife for  Education, University of Worcester, and Michelle Sterry, @michelleSterry2 :  Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Worcester The role of the Professional Advocate (PA) is a vehicle for deploying the four elements of the Advocating for Education […]

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‘Being’ person-centred: a reflection from a personal and professional experience

In this week’s Evidence Based Nursing Blog, Andrew Cassidy (@mrandycassidy) brings his own personal lived experiences and professional thoughts from his years working in the NHS and other sectors on what being person-centred looks like.  I’ve worked in the healthcare for nearly fifteen years, in the NHS, the third sector, and for a social enterprise. […]

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Sustainable Healthcare Elective in Nursing: A futures-thinking approach

Maria T. Clark, Senior Lecturer in Safeguarding, PhD, FHEA, RNT, RGN, SCPHN-HVBirmingham City University, Twitter; @tigheclark E: maria.clark@bcu.ac.uk Jennie Aronsson, Lecturer in Adult Nursing,BSc (Hons), PgDip, RN, SCPHN (SN), RNT, FHEAPlymouth University, Twitter: @jennie_aronsson  E: jennie.aronsson@plymouth.ac.uk Hannah Ward, BNurs (Hons) BA (Hons), RN, Twitter @_Rainbow_Fish  University of Birmingham (Alumni) E: hannah.ward1@outlook.com Marsha Meade, BNurs, RN, […]

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Why nurses need degrees – The perspectives of a student mental health nurse

This week’s Blog is written by Becca Johnson (@Becca5492), a third-year student mental health nurse at the University of Manchester. This is purely my own opinion on why I feel nurses need a degree level education. I know this is a hotly debated topic amongst the nursing community and there are ongoing arguments both for […]

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COVID and the Erosion of Nursing Rituals

Roberta Heale, Deputy Editor for Social Media, EBN. @RobertaHeale. @EBNursingBMJ Throughout my career, I’ve practiced in a variety of hospital units as a registered nurse and then in several community health organizations as a nurse practitioner.  Each new workplace has had its own unique culture, which was reflected in its rituals and traditions.  These rituals were […]

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Disordered Eating – Food, lockdown and me

By Emily England, MSc Adult and Mental Health Student Nurse, Year 2 University of Southampton @emily_angila In this week’s blog Emily England reflects upon a specific mental health issue ‘disordered eating’; something that she has observed as significant and rising during the period of the pandemic, both in her practice in community settings and across […]

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