Opinion

Comment

Why I helped to prosecute a patient after I was assaulted in the emergency department

Nurses should not have to accept acts of aggression from patients as ‘part of the job’

Racist abuse in the NHS: ignoring patients’ prejudice doesn’t make it go away

Managers expect staff to put up with insults, and when we don’t we’re called confrontational

Safe staffing is not a local issue – but England seems to have missed the memo

Legislated nurse-to-patient ratios are gaining support globally, so why not here?

Learning disability and autism training: why my son’s death will not be in vain

New programme will help staff improve their skills and confidence when delivering care

Coping after baby loss: why I set up a ‘safe space’ peer support group

A senior staff nurse explains how it helped her return to work after two miscarriages

Agency nurses and tax avoidance: if a scheme looks too good to be true, it probably is

HMRC’s advice on cutting loose of income tax arrangements that could land you in arrears

Expert advice

Hepatitis in children: symptoms, possible causes and treatment

Children affected by the sudden onset of hepatitis are predominantly under five years old

De-escalation of acute behavioural disturbance

Acute behavioural disturbance: how to manage risk in the emergency department

Guidance on management covers de-escalation, restraint and tranquilisation

NMC registration fee: where your money goes, plus how to get help to pay

What to do if you’re worried you’ll struggle to pay the £120, or have missed a payment

Mental capacity: when can relatives make treatment decisions for a patient?

What you need to know about the Mental Capacity Act and lasting power of attorney

Child refugees: how nurses should assess their needs

Nurses need to be aware of safeguarding as well as physical health needs

Eating disorders: tips for emergency nurses on how to spot the signs and symptoms

As a first point of contact, nurses are well-placed to recognise a new case or deterioration

Editorial

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Toxic behaviour

Toxic behaviour in the ED: why we must look after our workforce

If is vital to seek support if you witness bullying or are bullied yourself

Safe staffing in England and Northern Ireland should be enshrined in law

Call to nurses to get behind campaign for legislation

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.

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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