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The vital role of nurses in the care of oesophageal cancer patients

01 April 2006

Cancer Nursing Practice


Oesophageal cancer is an aggressive disease with the potential to metastasise early. Because the disease tends to remain silent until late in its course, the...

Improving sleep for patients in acute hospitals

11 March 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Sleep is important to health and recovery from illness, but is known to be difficult in hospital. This article describes a quality improvement project conducted on...

Seasonal affective disorder: an overview

09 June 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

The definition of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a history of major depressive episodes and remissions that are seasonal, affecting mostly women during the...

The rhythms of life: chronobiology and nursing

23 April 1997

Nursing Standard


It is now well established that all human physiological processes exhibit rhythmicity. The menstrual cycle is probably the best-known, but physiological variables,...

Promoting healthy sleep

09 March 2016

Nursing Standard


Nurses are accustomed to helping others with their sleep problems and dealing with issues such as pain that may delay or interrupt sleep. However, they may be less...

Effect of time of day on language in healthy ageing and Alzheimer’s disease

26 March 2015

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Aim To investigate whether narrative discourse followed a diurnal pattern across one ten-hour day in healthy ageing people and those with mild to moderate...

Workers’wake-up call

06 October 2009

Nursing Standard


Researchers estimate that up to 50 per cent of the population have working patterns that are out of sync with their natural rhythms, and this can be harmful to...

Night-shift napping

02 January 2008

Nursing Standard


Fatigue can be a major problem for nurses working night shifts and could put patient care at risk. Taking brief naps may help.