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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

Picture shows a young woman sitting on a sofa looking pensive

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

When COVID-19 started, CPD almost stopped

Nurses share their concerns about missed training and learning, but also highlight innovation

Nursing students: here’s how your training will look in the new academic year

Post-pandemic peak, universities plan to continue with initiatives such as online lessons

What happens to all the nurse well-being support and the wobble rooms now?

COVID-19: Not all employers will be keeping staff hubs open and parking free

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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A small child at the top of a staircase. More than 100,000 children per year are admitted to hospital due to accidental injuries (Picture: iStock)

COVID-19: how lockdown affects children’s risk of home accident injury

Spending more time at home means parents must be even more vigilant

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Skin damage caused by PPE

COVID-19: how to avoid skin damage while wearing PPE

Expert advice for nurses on minimising the effects of prolonged use of masks and visors

Clinical update

Diagnosis of respiratory symptoms

New guidance offers pragmatic advice on the safest approach during the pandemic

Infection prevention and control in emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic

New RCEM guidelines aim to protect staff and patients from the spread of infectious diseases

Pain relief for fractured neck of femur: what emergency nurses need to know

Guidance has been issued on the use of fascia iliaca block in emergency departments

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Asthma management during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and severe asthma: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on managing severe asthma in adults and children 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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Infection control and the coronavirus

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

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

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

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

nurse prepares a catheter for insertion

Improving care for patients who have catheters

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks

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

Instant messaging: guidance for NHS staff in hospital

Guidance aims to help judge how and when to use instant messaging in acute clinical settings

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

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

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Patients without primary care providers more likely to have CT scan in emergency...

American-based research finds more people who have CT scans in the emergency department didn't have a primary care provider

Research compares use of intravenous paracetamol with oral paracetamol for pain...

An Australian study looks at whether intravenous or oral paracetamol is more effective at reducing pain

Patient using spacer

Using an antistatic spacer with an inhaler improved asthma control, a study found

A study has found that using an antistatic spacer with an inhaler gave patients better asthma control

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Alcohol screening: rise in referrals to clinical nurse specialist teams

A recent study looking into emergency departments’ (EDs) current practices regarding alcohol identification has found that there is an increase in their access to clinical nurse specialist (CNS) teams.

SSTI

Management failure in treating skin and soft tissue infections

Risk factors, such as a fever, are associated with failures in the management of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in emergency department observation units (EDOUs), a review has found.

Sepsis

Lactate levels in patients with suspected sepsis

Emergency department (ED) sepsis screening algorithms should incorporate a serum lactate cut off of ≥2mmol/L as a threshold for the initiation of interventions and increased monitoring, research concludes.

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CLL

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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Child

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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Skin infections webinar

Ask the experts webinar: serious skin infections

This webinar explores the nursing management of serious skin infections and how they can be effectively managed and treated. Richard Hatchett, a nurse tutor and senior editor at RCNi, discusses nursing innovations with Sharon Falconer, a specialist outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) nurse from Aberdeen, and Malcolm Bain from the medical department at Correvio.

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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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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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