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The male community nurse

01 July 2009

Primary Health Care

District nursing

Although nursing historically had been a male role, it was seen as women’s work by Florence Nightingale. Since the middle of the last century men have been coming...

From reforms to modernisation

11 October 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article investigates how the 1991 and 1993 reforms have affected service delivery. It uses district nursing as a case study to demonstrate how a profession can...

Referral criteria

26 July 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Criteria for referral to the district nursing service need to be drawn up in response to the Audit Commission Report (1999), with the aim of reducing the number of...

Documentation in nursing practice

20 April 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Accurate documentation is essential to maintain continuity and inform health professionals of ongoing care and treatment. It also provides legal evidence. This...

District nursing and end-of-life care

01 November 2005

Cancer Nursing Practice


It is currently, widely believed that the majority of end-of-life patients would prefer to die at home given the choice. Care of the dying patient in the community...

Bionursing: side effects of ulcer treatment

10 January 1996

Nursing Standard

Clinical biological sciences

In the tenth article in our series on bionursing, the authors explain how biological and pharmacological understanding helped to explain the links between a duodenal...

Measuring services: a district nursing dependency tool

11 August 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The government has highlighted the importance of reducing inequalities in health and providing an equal and high quality service to all patients. The district...

Venous leg ulcers: the role of the GP and district nurse

21 June 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To identify the healing rates for patients with venous leg ulcers (VLUs) who are nursed by district nurses. Method The researchers performed a retrospective...

Scotland’s palliative care nursing boost

05 December 2008

Primary Health Care


Marie Curie Cancer Care has been working closely with NHS Lanarkshire for a number of years. During this time, a solid partnership has developed, as has a strong...

Call to improve the delivery of home care by qualified nurses

06 July 2011

Primary Health Care


The Queen’s Nursing Institute is campaigning to ensure that patients get the care they need in their own homes. There is a concern that the provision of skilled home...