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Introduction of mealtime volunteers in a district general hospital

14 December 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the introduction of volunteers in a small district general hospital to assist patients with their meals. Training provided to prospective...

Voluntary services in a children’s unit

01 June 2004

Paediatric Nursing


Patients and staff of Queen’s Medical Centre have had the support of volunteers since it opened opened in 1979. In 2001, as a result of a Department of Health...

The role of dining companions in supporting nursing care

17 June 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Malnutrition in hospitals is an ongoing international issue. Research indicates that there are many barriers to nutritional care, including lack of nursing time,...

Harnessing people power in health promotion

08 October 2010

Primary Health Care


This article examines how and why members of the public should become involved in promoting health in the community. It draws on findings from People in Public...

Volunteering for service: the role of emergency nurses

05 July 2011

Emergency Nurse


The Order of Malta Volunteers is a Roman Catholic charity best known for organising pilgrimages to Lourdes for disabled people. This article offers a personal...

An end in sight for avoidable blindness

10 May 2011

Emergency Nurse


This article reports on the experiences of nurse volunteers who help treat avoidable eye conditions among the world’s poorest people.

Nursing in the world’s war zones

25 June 2012

Nursing Management


This article describes the difficult decisions faced by healthcare workers providing treatment in conflict areas to civilians as well as combatants. While...

Introducing on-ward volunteers to work with patients with dementia

30 April 2014

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

This article reports on an evaluation of the effect of an on-ward volunteer service in an acute orthopaedic ward with a number of dementia patients. A mixed-methods...

Sparrows take flight

27 July 2005

Nursing Standard


Sparrow Schools offer a lifeline for disadvantaged children in South Africa – many of whom have lost parents to HIV/AIDS. The schools are supported by a charitable...

Life worth living

01 September 2009

Nursing Standard


Older people, especially those with long-term conditions, can become socially isolated. One trust has tackled the problem using volunteers.