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Unions prepare to consult nurses on ‘scandalously low’ 3% pay rise

RCN, Unison and Unite will canvass members’ views on next steps in pay negotiations

Fair pay for nurses sign during a protest in London

Nurse pay award: government announces 3% rise for NHS staff

RCN warns members 'will not take this lying down’, as rise falls far short of 12.5% demanded

Picture of Lesley Eggleston, a nurse for over 45 years, who has died

Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ nurse leader

Lesley Eggleston, a nurse for more than 45 years, remembered for support she gave colleagues

Health and social care minister Helen Whately addresses the Commons but fails to mention pay rise for NHS

NHS pay: anger at minister’s silence as MPs head for summer recess

Health minister fails to address AfC pay rumours in final Commons appearance before autumn

Nurses’ pay: no word as yet on offer before parliament’s summer recess

Rumoured 3% offer falls short of RCN’s 12.5% demand

Picture of a smart phone screen showing a message to self-isolate

Some nurses will not have to self-isolate if pinged by NHS app

Staff can carry on working in exceptional circumstances if absence could lead to risk of harm

Analysis

What is the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) and why is it important?

NEWS2 has created a common language so nurses can act quickly to help deteriorating patients

Maths anxiety: how to conquer your fears and calculate with confidence

Reduce your risk of medications errors by becoming comfortable with numbers

Staying cool and comfortable at work: the challenges of PPE

Innovations in uniform design are making COVID-19 care requirements a bit more bearable

Perplexing presentations: how to act on fabricated or induced illness

Guidance for nurses on identifying and safeguarding children at risk

Older people with urgent care needs: new advice will aid clinical decision-making

Updated guidance aims to help minimise hospital stays and spot the signs of frailty

Coronavirus reinfection: what we know so far

The risk for nurses, plus how to advise patients worried about contracting COVID again

Clinical update

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

Human and animal bites: assessment, treatment and when to use antimicrobials

Advice from NICE on how to treat patients with bite wounds

Long-COVID: what it means and how to manage the longer-term effects

Advice from NICE on how to care for patients with ongoing symptoms of the virus

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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