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NHS pay award: will nurses in England vote for industrial action?

RCN ballot opens next month and the results will inform next steps in pay dispute

Military nurses will deploy to NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Borders due to staff shortages and treatment backlogs

NHS acute services call in the army amid lengthening waiting lists and short-staffing

Nurses, army medics and general troops will shore-up services in two Scottish regions

Return to practice nurse

Former nurses offered £1,000 incentive to return to practice in England

But the RCN calls for urgent action to address why so many nurses leave the profession

NHS pay: industrial action one step closer as union enters dispute process

Nurses angry at ministers’ imposition of ‘insulting’ 3% pay rise in Wales, claims RCN

Off-duty nurse praised for pulling man from burning car on her way to work

‘I was acting on instinct’ said Mags Chineah after she sprinted towards danger

Nurses’ determination praised, but senior leaders urge staff to look after well-being

Letter of support acknowledges ongoing pressures as difficult winter approaches

Analysis

RSV cases are already high – are you prepared for a possible winter surge?

How to manage symptoms and risk of seasonal lower respiratory tract infections in children

Neutropenic sepsis: how to spot the signs and symptoms and take rapid action

Nurses need to be vigilant on this potentially fatal complication of anticancer treatment

Your guide to RCN congress 2021

All you need to know about this year’s amended programme, educational events and lectures

Sepsis in children: how to spot the signs and take immediate action

Children often present with atypical symptoms, delaying treatment

Compassion in nursing: how to develop and maintain your skills

It’s an essential part of nursing, but should extend beyond patient care to self-care

How to survive night shifts: advice on protecting your health and well-being

Sleep expert Steven Lockley’s tips to help you establish good routines around night shifts

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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