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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...

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...