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RCN Nursing Awards 2021 open for entries: who will be named nurse of the year?

Individuals and teams invited to nominate across 15 award categories

NHS in England consults nurses on introduction of national, standardised design

Your nurse’s uniform: is a national, standardised design a good idea?

NHS consults nurses in England about consistency of uniform design

Great Ormond Street Hospital

COVID-19: neurological symptoms found in some children with inflammatory syndrome

Preliminary study findings show half had symptoms including headaches and hallucinations

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Overseas nurses granted free automatic visa extensions

Eligible staff and their dependents to receive extra year as COVID-19 response continues

Scottish pay deal: Unison advises nurses to accept 4% offer

Union urges members to vote for the deal while RCN and GMB hold out for bigger increase

nursing staff member receives coronavirus vaccine as RCN survey points to gap in coverage across nurse workforce

COVID-19 vaccine: nursing staff outside the NHS in longer wait for second jab

Gap in coverage between nurses working for the NHS and those in other sectors

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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

Caring for trans and non-binary people: overcoming the fear of ‘getting it wrong’

How to address inequitable treatment and improve communication with patients

Redeployed in emergency care: anxiety and dread in one 12-hour shift

The RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 describes a day on the front line in the COVID-19 second wave

COVID-19 cardiac complications: counting the long-term cost

The virus has been linked to heart damage, but has also disrupted care across the specialty

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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

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

Safe sedation practice in the emergency department

New guidance from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine on advanced clinical practitioners’ airway management skills

How to manage patients who may be concealing drugs internally

RCEM has published guidance on managing cases of suspected internal drug trafficking

Human trafficking and modern slavery: how nurses can support victims

What to look for, how to help – and what not to do if you if you suspect a patient is at risk

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

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Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

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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

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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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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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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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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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