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Speakers and hoodies for nurses in £850,000 gratitude scheme

Trust staff award ‘hearts’ to peers to exchange for items such as Bluetooth speakers

Photo of nursing associate with patient, illustrating story about nursing associate adverts

‘Advanced’ nursing associate job adverts labelled exploitative

Some job adverts promise band 5 status, leadership and line management responsibilities

Split-screen style image shows PM Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaking, positioned as if facing each other

General election: bite-size guide to parties’ promises on health and social care

How the Westminster poll could affect your finances as well as your working life

Nurse smiles on picket line during RCN pay strike in England’s NHS, holding banner calling for ‘fair pay for nursing’

Are you working beyond your band? In one part of the UK you can now ask for role review

Band 5 nurses in Scotland can request banding review if they believe they’re undervalued

A young man smiling as he gets ready to eat a meal of fish and chips

Tackling type 2 diabetes in people with learning disabilities: what nurses need to know

Nurses play crucial role in key issues of education, healthcare access and self-management

A close up of a nursing associate in an NHS uniform

Nursing apprenticeships and associates: are the programmes fit for purpose?

Lost levy funds and restricted access to training have prompted calls for reform

Evidence and Practice

Spiritual care and learning disability nursing: an exploratory review of the literature

Spiritual care and learning disability nursing: an exploratory review of the literature

More research on spiritual care could add to the evidence base that nurses draw on to...

Finding Ivy: a life worthy of life – learning from the stories of victims of the Nazis’ Aktion T4 killing programme

Finding Ivy: lessons from life stories of victims of the Nazis’ Aktion T4 programme

The project will give nurses greater sensitivity to practices that might threaten those in...

Using reflective practice to enhance the care of people with learning disabilities

Using reflective practice to enhance the care of people with learning disabilities

An overview of reflective practice using a case study of a mother’s evaluation of her son...

Improving reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in mental health tribunals

Reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in mental health tribunals

A project involving people with learning disabilities and psychiatrists led to practical...

Learning disability nursing in a remote and rural location: benefits and challenges

Learning disability nursing in a remote and rural location: benefits and challenges

To meet the needs of a remote community, the nursing role frequently requires autonomous...

Exploring the short-term impact of using the Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire in a service for people experiencing homelessness

Using the Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire for homeless people

Homeless services may not recognise service users’ intellectual disabilities


A smiling woman appears deep in thought as she looks at her reflection in a mirror

How I used reflective practice to improve care for people with learning disabilities

Nurses share how they have used reflection to change and improve everyday practice

 Nurse behind seated patient stoops slightly and has her hands on his shoulders to express warmth and reassurance. Touch is a powerful way to show compassion in nursing

Using touch to show compassion: tailoring non-verbal communication to the individual

Judging when it’s appropriate to touch a patient or relative – and when it’s not

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

Community nurse arrives at man’s front door. The two greet each other, suggesting a they share a warm bond

Bonding with long-term patients: promoting continuity of care within healthy boundaries

Tips on fostering ongoing therapeutic relationships while avoiding undue attachment

A dynamic illustration of a strand of DNA looking like a blue spiralling ladder with a section highlighted in pink

Rare neurodevelopmental disorders: what you need to know

Getting to know the characteristics of rare disorders can improve patient care


Will revising job profiles change how nurses are valued?

Revisions to nursing bands may make little difference without appropriate pay rises

Illustration shows a woman with grey hair sitting cross-legged with a circular gynaecological clock in her lap  

Don’t overlook the menopause experiences of women with learning disabilities

Discussions about the menopause are more mainstream but not for everyone

A stoma bag is positioned on a patient’s abdomen by gloved hands

Stoma care: tips on how to support patients, dispel myths and banish stigma

Practical advice on nursing care and addressing individuals’ lifestyle concerns


A female student looks downcast and worried as she walks alone outside of a university building while other students chat in the background, suggesting a nursing student who is isolated or struggling with their mental well-being

Support for students: what to do if you’re struggling with your mental health

Advice on how to seek help and strategies for coping with stress

Two nurses, one holding a reference book and the other a bottle of medicine, consult a display board in a ward setting

What does ‘prescriber-ready’ mean for nursing students?

And why not everyone will be ready for a prescribing course as soon as they register

Illustration of multi-professional teamwork in healthcare shows staff in different uniforms standing together, arms around each others’ shoulders. We see them from behind

Multi-professional teamwork: what you learn from it on clinical placement

Find out how to make the most of learning opportunities in the multidisciplinary team


A nurse in blue scrubs sits at a desk using a laptop

I’ve been Datixed: could it harm my career?

With the system often being ignored or misused, we look at the potential impact of a report

A woman sits at a desk with a laptop in front of her, looking thoughtful as she reads what is on the screen, as if preparing a supporting statement for a job application

Job applications: how to write a strong supporting statement

Advice on showcasing your skills to secure an interview

Clinical staff in a prison hospital setting. They are working in a dark corridor,

From emergency decisions to primary care – what my prison nurse role involves

A newly registered nurse on what drew her to the role and what she’s learned so far