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Self-care for nurses: it’s not selfish to think of your own health and well-being

Looking after yourself is essential when you are caring for others

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Interview skills: what to do when your mind goes blank

How to keep your cool and avoid ‘brain freeze’ during a job interview

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Resilience: the knack of bouncing back from the bad days

Sometimes you need to focus on what gives you the boost in confidence you need

Mind fog
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How to avoid the mind fog of the nurse’s endless to-do list

Tips for coping when you are feeling overwhelmed

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Be your own nurse: listen to what your body’s telling you and forget about guilt

Sometimes you’ve got to advocate for your own needs, for the sake of your health

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If you’re stressed at work, comparing yourself to others will only feed the anxiety

Practical tips for nurses on how to stop negative thoughts in their tracks

Unintended consequences
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When you think you’re a good organiser, but they think you’re just plain bossy

Steps you can take to ensure nurse colleagues don’t misread your good intentions

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Support in a crisis: what to bear in mind when comforting relatives in distress

How to feel better equipped to support patients’ loved ones when they are upset

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Why nurses must facilitate patient education

Making time to inform patients about their health is vital to improving long-term outcomes

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The best way to beat bullies at work

Bullying and harassment are a problem in the NHS, but there are strategies to help you cope

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Yes, it’s a big ask for nurses, but voluntary work makes personal and career sense

Giving up your free time may be a selfless act, but it’s good for your CV too

Career path
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Has your career taken a wrong turn?

Sometimes it’s good to take stock and check you’re on the right path

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It could be lonely this Christmas

What can you do to help patients and colleagues who might feel isolated?

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What to do if a grateful patient wants to give you a present

For nurses, accepting gifts – even if offered with the best of motives – is fraught with risk

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Habits, and why breaking them can be good for you and your nursing practice

New perspectives can be just the prompt you need to question engrained behaviour

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Faith, spirituality and offence: why it’s important to avoid making assumptions

Exercise caution and show respect if you are going to express your personal beliefs

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Don’t let upsetting remarks affect your focus

How to stay focused and avoid becoming upset by chance remarks or disagreements at work

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9 tips for returning to work

How to build your confidence and competence in your role after an absence