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Picture shows Janet Youd speaking at RCN Congress. Here she reflects on the end of her tenure as chair of the RCN Emergency Care Association.`

Janet Youd: My next move

Outgoing chair of RCN's Emergency Care Association on her achievements and passions

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

Image shows ambulance outside hospital emergency department in winter in the snow

ED pressures force nurses to compromise clinical decision-making

Emergency nurses and patients are, yet again, facing a perfect storm

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

Editorial

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.

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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.

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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