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Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

A hospital nurse breaking bad news to a woman about her loved one

How to communicate the news of a sudden or unexpected death in the ED to the family

Nurses have an important role in offering support and space to family and friends

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Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

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Daunted by public speaking? Tips to take you from nervous to confident

Nurse experts share their advice on how to prepare well and engage an audience

Community nurse arrives at man’s front door. The two greet each other, suggesting a they share a warm bond

Bonding with long-term patients: promoting continuity of care within healthy boundaries

Tips on fostering ongoing therapeutic relationships while avoiding undue attachment

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A guide to managing your finances: how to save money and access support

Four experts offer their top tips for nurses on tax, pensions, debt and grants

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How can nursing teams improve communication between generations?

Five nurses on the learning opportunities in teams with different levels of experience

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Apps for nurses: our round-up of the best smartphone tools for your work and home life

Whether you are planning shifts or a night out, there are all sorts of apps that can help

When you’re the patient: what I learned from being on the other side

Four nurses talk about compassion, curiosity and what mattered most to them

How I turned a nursing setback into a thriving business

Antonia Philp’s tips for nurses who spot a patient need or a gap in the market

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Nursing in 2023: a cartoonist’s take on the year, with a little help from our readers

Look back at topics that got you talking, including cost of living, uniforms and overtime

Preparing for retirement: how to fill the gap left after leaving nursing

Some feel a sense of lost identity. Find out how to plan ahead, emotionally and practically

Settling in as an international nurse: ‘what I left behind to work in the UK’

Leaving her family behind was heartbreaking for nurse Susie Lagrata, but she has no regrets

Care for transgender people: how to create positive, inclusive experiences

The steps you can take to tackle health inequalities faced by trans people
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Patient’s Choice award winners: The district nursing team that transformed my life

Janette Connor nominated the team for their holistic, compassionate care

Protect your well-being: how to stay calm when the world feels chaotic

Ways to maintain your focus and balance in the face of relentless grim news
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RCN Nurse of the Year 2023: ‘We empower patients with choice’

Julie Roye’s determination to break down health inequalities has had an impressive impact

What can nurses learn from patient feedback in the emergency department?

Listening to patients’ experiences, particularly after a negative event, can enhance care

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