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Sepsis now a bigger killer than cancer, study suggests

Analysis of global data reveals 11 million sepsis-related deaths in 2017

RCNi Nurse Awards info

RCNi Nurse Awards 2020: deadline for nominations extended

Individuals and teams now have until 7 February to nominate themselves or a colleague

RCN Northern Ireland director, Pat Cullen, with striking members on a picket line in Belfast

Nurses’ strikes suspended: RCN and Unison to consult members on pay and staffing deal

Unions suspend industrial action after securing offer in crunch talks with health minister

Personal Independence Payment centre sign

Almost 2,000 terminally ill people died waiting for decision on benefits, charity says

UK government had promised to review ‘not fit for purpose’ benefits system last July

Nurses' mental health: how managers can tackle compassion fatigue...

‘Compassion fatigue’ is cited as an occupational hazard – but what support is available?

Faecal occult blood test for bowel cancer

Screening can reduce incidence of bowel cancer

People with bowel cancer who had colonoscopies tended to live longer, study shows

Evidence and Practice

Effectiveness of interventions to support male partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer

Interventions to support male partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer

This literature review aims to evaluate the effectiveness of such interventions

Available chemotherapy treatment locations and subsequent uptake: a mixed methods study

Available chemotherapy treatment locations and uptake: a mixed methods study

How healthcare professionals currently offer alternative treatment locations to patients

Implementing hope-based interventions in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Implementing hope-based interventions in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

How the concept of hope can benefit adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety: healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures

Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety

Healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures

Hypercalcaemia of malignancy: causes and management

Hypercalcaemia of malignancy: causes and management

Unless treated promptly hypercalcaemia of malignancy can progress quickly

Use of glycated haemoglobin blood test (HbA1c) screening for health promotion in surgical gynaecology oncology patients

Use of HbA1c screening for health promotion in surgical gynaecology oncology patients

How one trust identified that patients might benefit from a glycated haemoglobin blood test

Features

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The RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 provide an opportunity to show what great work you are doing

Why not nominate yourself or a colleague for these prestigious nursing awards?

Picture shows an older man checking the results of his PSA test online as part of the supported self-management programme. New care pathways are easing the strain on prostate cancer services and could be applicable to other types of cancer.

Prostate cancer: supported self-management programme gives patients more control

New care pathway could also ease strain on prostate cancer services

Picture of Suriya Kirkpatrick, a senior cancer research nurse and genomics practitioner. In this article she and two other clinical research nurses share their accounts of a shift, offering an insight into their daily work.

A day in the life of a clinical research nurse

The shared diaries offer a taste of nursing life and its high points and challenges

Talking helps nurses cope with trauma

Cancer nurses explain how they benefit from Schwartz rounds

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Nurse-led research into sarcoma may lead to earlier diagnosis

Study into this cancer has produced so much evidence it could lead to swifter diagnosis

Amy Dugdale

The Macmillan nurse who is extending lives with ovarian cancer screening

More women are getting access to vital medication thanks to a nurse-led testing service

Opinion

Picture shows playing cards created by the charity Marie Curie to help broach the subject of death and dying. Early and open conversations with patients and their families can make a huge difference to the end of life experience.

How Marie Curie's Talkabout campaign tackles taboo around death and dying

Early and open conversations can make a huge difference to the end of life experience

Trevor Sorbie

Wigs for people with cancer-related hair loss have improved since mum’s Trump bouffant

A new charity is creating stylish wigs for people facing medical-related hair loss

Picture shows two women wearing headsets, and one of them is speaking to a caller. Nurse specialists at Prostate Cancer UK receive detailed training including mentors and a learning contract to equip them to deal with requests for help and advice.

How a cancer charity trains nurses to respond to calls for support

Training for nurse specialists at Prostate Cancer UK includes mentors and a learning contract

Students

Don’t worry if you shed a tear

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student realised that through a caring approach he was able to make a difference

An insight into the hidden battles of patients with invisible illnesses

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer, she gained a greater understanding of the experiences of those living with invisible conditions

Singing

Student’s homemade songbook helped patients forget cancer symptoms

When nursing student Georgia Brain created a book of lyrics to help her patients remember the words of songs from their youth, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of a patient-centred approach to care

Careers

Picture shows theatre nurse Marie Taniacao with the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. Her course at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust will give her the skills to assist surgeons during robotic operations.

Harnessing the power of robotics allows me to retain the human touch

A theatre nurse reflects on how her high-tech role enhances patient contact

Nurses Emma Cuthbert and Chelsea Jackson from the oncology ward at Northampton General Hospital

What it’s like working as an oncology nurse

Joining a cancer ward can be daunting, but it allows you to work closely with patients

NET Patient Foundation

NET nurses: supporting patients confused by their rare cancer diagnosis

‘Even healthcare professionals don’t know enough about neuroendocrine cancers’

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