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Supporting informal carers of dying patients: the district nurse’s role

03 February 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explores the role of the district nurse in supporting family and friends who act as informal carers for patients who wish to die at home. The district...

Exploring the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of community nurses towards patient self-care

10 June 2020

Primary Health Care


Background Self-care is a strategy for providing out-of-hospital care and promoting patients’ independence. However, evidence suggests that some healthcare...

District nursing in the Great War: a challenge on all fronts

30 September 2014

Primary Health Care


At the outbreak of the first world war in 1914, district nurses were faced with extreme challenges. With a much needed skill set, they were expected to make a...

Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional

22 June 2022

Primary Health Care

Nurse prescribing

Prescribing by nurses and midwives continues to expand and has consistently been evaluated as safe and effective. This article is part one of two exploring the core...

Participating in research: the experience of a community nursing team

18 January 2023

Primary Health Care


There is a policy focus in the NHS to provide care closer to people’s homes; despite that focus community nursing is an area of practice that is understudied....

Ministers told to give district nurses more autonomy

03 March 1999

Nursing Standard


HEALTH SERVICE managers do not understand district nursing services and need to co-ordinate them better as part of the NHS modernisation programme, a government...

Granulated sugar treatment for leg ulcers: a case report

02 February 2016

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

The use of sugar in the treatment of wounds dates back to Ancient Egypt. This article begins with a summary of that history and, in the case study that follows, a...

Understanding the benefits of the district nurse specialist practitioner qualification

16 September 2020

Primary Health Care

Professional development

This article shares the findings of an explorative service evaluation conducted in England to elicit the views of community nurses regarding the district nurse...

Culturally competent end of life care in district nursing

14 December 2022

Primary Health Care

Person-centred care

The UK population is increasingly diverse, which means that nurses care for patients from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. When caring for people from...

Recognition and assessment of dementia in a primary care setting

12 April 2023

Primary Health Care

evidence and practice

Receiving a timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia is essential to enable people to access vital treatment and support, reduce the risk of premature...