Opinion

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Stock image of a vote going in to a ballot box, with british and EU flags in the background

General election 2019: NHS needs commitment from the new government

A review of the structure of healthcare education and provision should be a priority

Illustration shows a figure overlaid by a jigsaw pattern, wearing a scholar’s cap and gown, representing joined up education. Lecturer Hannah Bryant welcomes new NMC standards that set out skills and knowledge required by the next generation of nurses.

NMC’s new standards strengthen links between theory and practice

New standards on skills and knowledge required by the next generation of nurses are welcome

Image of health professional in scrubs holding a small organ transport box

Why England’s 2020 opt-out organ donation law is so important for emergency services

Early engagement with specialist organ donation colleagues is vital

record-keeping

Record-keeping guidance: 6 tips to make documenting your work easier

A staff nurse shares her tips for effective record-keeping

Illustration shows three figures, the middle one standing on a mountain peak. The year of the nurse in 2020 gives the profession a chance to spotlight its achievements and have an impact on healthcare worldwide

2020’s year of the nurse and midwife offers golden opportunity to profession

The year of the nurse and midwife gives the profession a chance to spotlight its achievements

Picture shows a scene from a video featuring a song called Check Me for Sepsis, performed by the Purple All Stars, a group of people with learning disabilities who use the creative arts to convey health promotion messages.

What nurses should do when assessing sepsis risk in people with learning disabilities

Emergency nurses need to recognise the triggers for sepsis in deteriorating patients

Editorial

Ambulance

Can emergency care survive another 50 years?

Too many patients must wait excessive periods for care in emergency departments.

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Nominate your colleague

A chance for ‘ordinary’ nurses to share, inspire and win recognition for their...

Nominate yourself or a colleague for this year’s RCNi Nurse Awards and help celebrate exceptional nursing care, writes editor Graham Scott

Sepsis

We need better training to win the fight against sepsis

Patients and professionals must recognise the signs and symptoms of sepsis much more quickly.

UTC

Why we need to share local urgent treatment centre protocols

Emergency care staff have an opportunity to create more integrated services.

Stress

Staff under stress need our support

We need to do more to retain emergency nurses under increasing levels of workplace stress.

Autism_nurse

Every child with an autism spectrum condition has specific needs

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects perceptions of the world and interactions with other people.

Your views

Resuscitation

Readers' panel: Should families be encouraged to witness resuscitation attempts?

Cardiac arrest is a traumatic event - our readers have their say on family-witnessed resuscitation

Hospital waiting room

Readers’ panel: Should the four-hour A&E target be scrapped?

Amid unprecedented winter pressures, health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently suggested that the four-hour waiting time guarantee should no longer apply to patients attending A&E with less serious problems. Nursing Standard panellists have their say.

A&E

Letter: 20 years on we face the same crisis in emergency care

Gary Jones asks how much longer we must endure the annual prospect of winter pressures on emergency departments

Reviews

Clinical Judgement and Decision Making in Nursing

Book review: Clinical Judgement and Decision Making in Nursing 

A readable and interactive book, and would be a valued addition for reference on any nurse’s bookshelf

The Ear book

Book review: The Ear Book

A useful book for reference, but without depth of knowledge

Revalidation A Journey for Nurses and Midwives

Book review: Revalidation

This book is recommend it to registrants who want a comprehensive understanding of revalidation

Emergency Care of Minor Trauma in Children

Book review: Emergency Care of Minor Trauma in Children

This book covers all the important topics encountered in minor trauma in children, from head injuries to foot injuries.

Oxford Manual of Major Incident Management

Book review: Oxford Manual of Major Incident Management

This book is recommended especially for anyone interested in developing their knowledge of major incident management.

Thoughtful Healthcare

Book review: Thoughtful Health Care

Adult nursing senior lecturer Karen Sanders reviews Thoughtful Health Care: Ethical Awareness and Reflective Practice.

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