Andrea Downey

A group of nurses dressed in various uniforms
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NHS 75: vital role of nurses since the birth of the health service

NHS celebrates 75th birthday but as always the need for more nurses remains a pressing issue

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Lucy Letby falsified records to cover her tracks, jury told

Prosecutor says the accused nurse lied when she said she did not remember baby who died

Photo of nurse apprentice with patient, illustrating story about possible targeted apprenticeships in areas with largest nurse shortages
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Apprenticeships could target areas with largest nursing gaps

Health secretary Steve Barclay says ‘we need to grow our domestic supply’

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Lucy Letby ‘gaslighted’ neonatal team to believe baby deaths were run of bad luck

Accused nurse was ‘calculated and devious’, prosecutor says in closing speech

Photo of nurses striking outside the Royal Brompton Hospital in London
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Public support for nurses’ strikes higher than ever – survey

Poll finds 3% rise in support compared with similar poll in December

Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, who is on trial for multiple murders
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Lucy Letby trial judge tells jury to be calm and fair as case enters closing stage

Jurors prepare to hear summing-up from barristers for the Crown and the nurse’s defence

Two nurses look at a piece of paperwork at a ward-based work station: an Institute for Public Policy Research report suggests nurses’ time could be freed up if managers took on more admin
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Employing more managers will not fix NHS workforce crisis, say nurses

‘We need more nurses – end of,’ say Nursing Standard readers in response to IPPR report

Four nurses carrying out tasks around a busy work station, despite recruiting 800 extra overseas nurses it has failed to reverse the decline in numbers of the NHS workforce
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800 extra overseas recruits fail to reverse NHS workforce decline

Scotland has more than 4,000 nurse vacancies as workforce figures continue to fall

Striking nurses holding strike banners and RCN leader Pat Cullen on picket line in Cardiff
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NHS strike: don’t be bullied back to work, union leader urges her members

Nurses are being ‘strong-armed’ by managers despite strike mandate, says RCN’s Pat Cullen

Staff at a hospital emergency department during the pandemic
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Long-COVID forcing thousands of nurses to take time off

Latest figures shine a spotlight on issue affecting many NHS staff

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Students slam ‘nightmarish’ plan to chop six months off nursing degrees

Bid to plug staffing gap with fast-track training could backfire, say overstretched students

Young graduates standing in front of university building on graduation day
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Plan to chop six months off nursing degree sparks criticism

Making students qualify in just 30 months could mean inferior education, say critics

Illustration shows words ‘we want to hear from you’ above RCN Foundation logo
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Ideas wanted: charity supporting nurses’ education and well-being invites your input

RCN Foundation appeals for nurses’ ideas about the help they’d like to see it offer

Photo of Northern Ireland members speaking at RCN congress about reduction in nursing student numbers
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Cutting nursing student numbers branded a ‘pound-foolish’ decision

Northern Ireland loss of 300 places will cause ‘irreparable damage’ to patient care, says RCN

RCN congress audience holds up voting cards: green 'for', red 'against' the debated motion
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RCN congress: pay, workplace pressures and nurses’ mental health on this year’s agenda

Nurses gather in Brighton for 2023 conference as college continues to press for better pay

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Nurses in Wales plan summer strike action after rejecting ‘final’ offer

Four strike dates planned for June and July are expected to have fewer derogations

Brass plaque showing name and logo of RCN at its London headquarters
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Riddled with fraud: petition that pushed for no-confidence vote in RCN’s leaders

Cyber investigators find half of signatures in online document were bogus

A nursing student being trained to use a patient monitor while on a ward: the opportunity to ‘learn on the job’ is to be extended
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Apprenticeships: one third of all new nurses could train on the job

RCN has criticised the plan and called for greater investment in nursing degrees