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Two women dressed in mortar board and gowns for their graduation – as 2,000 nursing students face long delay to graduate as a result of the pandemic

Delayed graduation: why nursing students face months of clinical placement catch-up

COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on practice learning schedules

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RCN’s Beat the Flu campaign warns of double jeopardy with COVID-19 this winter

Campaign urges nurses and healthcare staff to get the flu vaccination as early as possible

A worker gather supplies at the NHS' National Procurement Warehouse at Canderside, Larkhall, as deliveries of personal protective equipment are being increased, with millions of masks and gloves have already delivered to front-line staff

Billions of PPE items on order as NHS prepares for second wave of COVID-19

Four-month stockpiles of personal protective equipment will be in place from November

Woman sits slumped in bed, head in hands. Fatigue is among the symptoms of long-COVID

Long-COVID: nurses struggling to recover from coronavirus need support of employers

Call for research into COVID-19’s long-lasting effects among nursing staff

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RCN launches phone app for students and newly qualified nurses

Starting Out app offers learning resources, career and financial advice and counselling

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NHS figures reveal April peak in nurse sickness absence due to COVID-19

Anxiety, stress and depression also accounted for one quarter of absences in May

Analysis

Cancer care: how can nurses help reduce inequalities faced by BAME patients?

Cancer patient experience research commissioned by NHS England reveals ‘deeply disturbing’ findings

What will the ‘new normal’ look like for nursing?

COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while – as are some of the related changes to care

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Nurse pay: will the ‘clap for carers’ sentiment mean anything come negotiation time?

The government now has a chance to reflect the nation’s gratitude in its pay awards

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Video consultations

Remote nursing consultations: how to get them right

Video consultations are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for this ‘new normal’ in care

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Someone washing their hands. It is important to wash hands thoroughly at the end of a shift. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: the steps to take when your shift ends to stay safe at home

Online sources list rigorous steps to take– but what do the experts say?

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COVID-19: nurses say they are not getting adequate PPE

A survey by Nursing Standard finds front-line staff fear for their lives

Clinical update

Molecular model of human papillomavirus

Cervical cancer and screening: advice for nurses

Updated RCN guidance on cervical cancer covers vaccination recommendations and screening

Picture shows woman cancer patient lying in a hospital bed.

New treatment possibility for some cancer patients

Larotrectinib is approved by NICE as an option for NTRK fusion-positive solid tumours

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Cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: implications for people receiving cancer treatment

NICE has published new guidance about cancer care during the pandemic

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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

An illustration representing colorectal cancer. New guidance covers the management of local disease and secondary tumours.

Colorectal cancer: improving quality of life and survival

New guidance covers the management of local disease and secondary tumours

Policy briefing

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Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

Picture shows computer artwork of human papilloma virus particles in the bloodstream. A more sensitive cervical screening test rolled out across the UK means infections will be spotted earlier

How to advise women about the new cervical screening test

More sensitive test could save hundreds of lives as infections will be spotted earlier

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Marie Curie Legacy Campaign on the benefits of radiotherapy

The treatment is being undervalued in cancer care, experts say

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

Research news

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Physical exercise may reduce risk of prostate cancer

Study finds reduced risk of prostate cancer among men with a specific DNA variation

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

Diagram of Wilm’s tumour in a baby

Gene causing rare form of kidney cancer identified

Children with Wilm’s tumour may no longer need nephrectomies

Picture shows a surgeon operating on a patient. A chemical that assists brain cancer surgery by making tumour cells fluorescent could also help to safely diagnose the disease and monitor its response to treatment, a study suggests.

Drink helps track brain cancer

A chemical drunk before surgery can make brain cancer easier to diagnose and monitor

Pictures shows a GP talking to a young man. People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

People with cancer who skip referrals are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis

Picture shows a cigarette being stubbed out. Cigarette smoking in England fell by a quarter in 2011-18, pointing to the success of antismoking measures, researchers say

Smoking down by one quarter in seven years

Cigarette smoking in England fell, pointing to the success of antismoking measures

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Haematologic neoplasm in survivors of breast cancer

Incidence of myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplasia higher in women treated for breast cancer

Cancer diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis increases the risk of suicide

Researchers find suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis

Intensive care

Predictors of location of death for children receiving palliative care 

More than one third of all children with cancer in the US die in an institutional setting

US study looks at outpatient palliative care referral patterns in oncologists

Understanding outpatient palliative care referrals among thoracic medical oncologists

Prognosis communication for people with head and neck cancer

Analysis of succesfully communicating prognosis for people with head and neck cancer

Optimising bed rest period to reduce lumbar punctures after chemotherapy

Randomised controlled trial of bed rest optimisation to reduce obstacles in chemotherapies

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Chronic lymphcytic leukaemia: Improving treatment and support for patients

This feature has been funded by Janssen UK and written on the company’s behalf by M&F Health, based on an interview with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Karen Stanley.

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Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Luke Pybus

Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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CRUK roundtable

Clinical trials – improving patient experience

Clinical nurse specialists and clinical research nurses can work collaboratively to promote opportunities for research and improve patients’ experiences before, during and after trials.

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Sponsored: Find your most extraordinary RMN job with Priory

Most nurses enter the profession to make a real difference to people’s lives, and our Registered Mental Health nurses are no different. What sets them apart, however, are the incredible lengths they go to, to make it happen.

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