To help the British armed forces minimise mental health problems while undertaking military duties, operational psychological support is provided by military mental health nurses. This series of two articles is part of the first qualitative research completed in Afghanistan by British armed forces into the effectiveness of the military mental health nursing role. The authors aim to increase understanding of the factors that affect the delivery of nursing care during an operational deployment, including educational and clinical competency, multiprofessional and multinational boundaries, and the challenges of providing nursing care for both military personnel and local nationals. This article, the first of the two-part series, looks at the set up of the study, while the second article (featured in the next issue of JCN) will look at the study findings.
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Pain is experienced by many patients in primary and secondary care and its assessment and management is a fundamental aspect of nursing treatment. Community nurses need to possess a strong knowledge base of the various ways of treating pain to inform and advise their patients. This in turn enables nurses to help and empower patients to effectively control their pain with minimal side-effects. This article, the second in a two-part series on pain, provides an update on the management of acute and chronic non-malignant pain (the first part of this article, on the assessment of pain, appeared in Journal of Community Nursing 28: 83–86).
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