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Almost half of last year’s new NMC registrants were trained overseas

NMC data has sparked concern over quick fixes and recruitment from red list countries

Picture shows a nurse at the bedside of an elderly patient while another nurse looks at a sepsis checklist

Sepsis guidelines revised - here's what you need to know

More time allowed for tests on some patients, helping tackle antimicrobial resistance

Poster for ‘No Excuses’ campaign against abuse that was launched earlier this year at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Body camera trial succeeds in curbing aggression against nurses

Trust makes emergency department bodycams permanent as abusive behaviour cases are halved

Nurse looks back and waves as she stands beside exit

We’re off: NMC reveals extent of exodus from register as many leavers blame pandemic

Find out reasons why nurses say they feel forced to turn their backs on their careers

Community nurse who is a man chats to patient during a home visit

Attracting more men: is targeted recruitment key to unlocking growth in nurse numbers?

The nursing student cohort continues to be female-dominated thanks to stereotyping

Nurses ridicule idea of delaying retirement to plug gaps in care

Many nurses take to Nursing Standard’s Facebook page in response to NHS letter to retirees

Analysis

Pressure to work overtime: how to say no and prioritise work-life balance

If you’re working extra hours it may well be unpaid – and it may well be damaging your health

Sepsis: how to read the signs and avoid wrong assumptions

Detection of sepsis has improved but if missed it can be fatal

When a patient dies: providing compassionate care and support

How to maintain dignity and privacy, support families and protect your own well-being

Flexible working: have the new rules made a difference for nurses?

What you told our survey about why it matters, making requests and support from managers

Secrets of a festival nurse: how to find the perfect role at the best events this summer

If you love music and the great outdoors, why not consider working as a festival nurse?

Unexplained events: why do so many nurses have a spooky story to tell?

From spirits in the sluice to angels in the ED, do nurses’ ghost tales have a wider purpose?

Clinical update

Bronchiolitis: how to recognise red flag symptoms requiring emergency care

Updated NICE guidance focuses on diagnosis, red flag symptoms and when to seek emergency care

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

Cardiac arrest and CPR: guidance update aims to improve survival and patient outcomes

Resuscitation UK advice affirms role of advance care planning

Atrial fibrillation risk, treatment and self-care: updated guidance

How to recognise and manage the symptoms of AF and advise patients on lifestyle adjustments

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: what nurses need to know

A new report shows value of early interventions and community CPR training

Lung cancer or COVID-19? How to differentiate between their similar presentations

A new resource helps patients and nurses differentiate between the symptoms

Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

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

Journal scan

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

Alcohol

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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