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NMC headquarters brass plaque showing its name and logo. A nurse who looked up medical records with no legitimate reason was suspended by the regulator

Suspended: school nurse who looked up family’s medical records ‘out of curiosity’

Nurse, who had a history of similar misconduct, would need ‘serious’ supervision in future

Image from NHS trust's anti-violence campaign, featuring nurse Yvonne Ihekwoaba

Red card bans for abusive patients and relatives in hospitals

Essex trust’s campaign aims to protect staff as incidents of physical and verbal abuse rise

People sitting on rows of benches at the emergency department of the Royal Free Hospital in London

Fewer nurses in emergency departments linked to serious patient outcomes

Lower staffing levels mean long waits and patients leaving without being seen, study shows

Nurse Sharon Woods with Caroline Swan, whose life she helped to save following a stroke

Nurse spots signs of stroke and helps save colleague’s life

Sharon Woods acted swiftly when stroke ward colleague Caroline Swan experienced one herself

Joanne Froggatt in the tv drama Breathtaking

Breathtaking: TV COVID drama ‘too real to watch’ for some nurses

ITV series described as authentic depiction of the trauma front-line nurses experienced

Photo of Martha Mills, who died from sepsis in 2021. Failures in her care inspired Martha's rule, which will be rolled out in April 2024.

Martha’s rule roll-out: how nurses will be involved

New rule gives patients and families access to urgent second opinion if concerned about care

Analysis

Montage shows nurses Jimmy Cooper, Celia Manson and Barbara Craven, who have all chosen not to retire fully

Carry on nursing: older nurses explain why they have no time for retirement

Hear from four nurses who love practice too much to give it up

A manager chats with a nurse in a hospital ward, while behind them a patient in a hospital bed is attended by other nurses

Valuing nurses: do you feel recognised at work?

Steps nursing managers and leaders can take to ensure their staff feel seen and heard

A medic talks to a patient sitting on a bed in a ward corridor

Corridor care: how much more can ED staff take?

Advice for nurses on keeping patients safe when care standards are compromised

Two nurses in an emergency department look on as another nurse writes on the care planning board at the nurses’ station

Who’s in charge when patients are in bed limbo?

New guidance aims to clarify clinical responsibility for patients who are ‘between wards’

A nurse standing at the hospital bedside of a young child is watched by the child as she holds a file on which she is filling out a paediatric early warning system chart

How the new paediatric early warning system works and what it means for you

The system offers a standardised approach to responding when a child becomes seriously unwell

A woman touches her throat/neck area after potentially experiencing non-fatal strangulation

Non-fatal strangulation: spot the signs and what you need to know

Practical advice for nurses on meeting a person’s safeguarding needs

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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