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Effective engagement through intensive interaction

01 November 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This article reviews research on the effects of intensive interaction (II) on the conduct, health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities who exhibit...

Interactions between drugs and four common medicinal herbs

12 January 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Herbal remedies are popular in the UK, but there is evidence that some of the most commonly used herbs can interact with conventional drugs, sometimes with...

Helping people with serious mental illness to cut down or stop smoking

12 March 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

The prevalence of smoking in people with serious mental illness is up to 5.3 times higher than in the general population and many die prematurely from...

Using the British National Formulary best practice for nurse prescribers

21 September 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explains how the British National Formulary (BNF) should be used to facilitate safe, effective and appropriate prescribing. It also outlines, by use of...

Promoting health: making every contact count

19 March 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes a new training programme devised and run by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to assist staff to make every patient contact count. The aim of...

Messy boundaries: the benefits to teenage patients of being cared for by young nursing students

08 April 2014

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

Aims To record some of the advantages expressed by young inpatients at a district general hospital in relation to the blurring of professional boundaries when they...

Who do you think you are?

24 April 2007

Nursing Standard

General article

Personality inventories are common in employment practice but the Enneagram offers nurses a way to see how they can grow and also get the best out of their...

Polypharmacy: the challenge for nurses

25 May 2016

Nursing Standard


Polypharmacy refers to the prescribing of many medicines for one individual. Polypharmacy is increasingly common as a result of the rise in multimorbidity, use of...

Non-medical prescribing using the British National Formulary

23 January 2008

Nursing Standard


This article explores how to maximise efficient use of the British National Formulary (BNF) within the context of non-medical prescribing. It provides an overview of...

Use of solution-focused brief therapy to enhance therapeutic communication in patients with COPD

29 November 2013

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

Most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) go undiagnosed and many of those who are diagnosed receive only symptomatic treatment. The difficulty...