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Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street coronavirus briefing, where he is asked about NHS pay

Will there be a COVID bonus for NHS staff, prime minister?

Boris Johnson evades question with ‘inaccurate and demoralising’ statement on nurses’ pay

All nursing students should be eligible for COVID-19 death in services payments

Unite says families of nursing students who die of COVID-19 in service should receive pay out

RCN urged to make election policy clearer after disqualification controversy

Policy should be ‘clear and concise’ with a rethink of sanctions, finds independent review

Higher COVID-19 death rate among nurses requires urgent investigation, says RCN

ONS reports higher death rates in healthcare staff compared with other working age people

Six-month jail sentence for ‘needlessly vicious’ assault on nurse

Attacker pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting an emergency nurse

Nurses react as they treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital

RCN demands better PPE to protect staff against COVID-19 variant

College calls for all nurses to have ‘intensive care’ quality face masks amid heightened risk

Evidence and Practice

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Why you should read this article: • To outline how learning disability settings can prepare...

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Why you should read this article: • To be aware that social inclusion for people with...

Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability

Exploring the Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire

Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabilities

Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabilities

The rationale for administering oxygen therapy and the types and equipment that can be used

A screening questionnaire to identify the risk of behaviour that challenges in young people with a learning disability

Identifying risk of behaviour that challenges in young people with a learning disability

Developing a screening questionnaire to identify people at risk of behaviour that challenges

Supporting people with learning disabilities who identify as LGBT to express their sexual and gender identities

Supporting people with learning disabilities who identify as LGBT to express their...

The concept of intersectionality and its effect on the sexuality of service users

Features

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A collage showing the nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Best apps for nurses: the help that’s just a click away

The smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too

Submitting a written statement: what you need to know

The RCN’s quick reference guide will help you to avoid the common pitfalls

How a nursing support worker is making surgery a positive experience for patients

People with learning disabilities can expect a calmer and safer experience of surgery

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CPR at 38,000ft: the nursing student who took control of an in-flight emergency

Isobel Corrie named RCNi Nurse Awards Patient’s Choice winner after saving passenger’s life

Opinion

Illustration of a young woman with learning disabilities who is needle-phobic and afraid of being vaccinated

COVID-19 and needle phobia: ensuring service users are vaccinated

Trust and consent are key to supporting people to have the vaccine safely

Why hospital disability coordinator should be a must-have role

The role could provide a vital link between hospital and community, and free up nursing time

COVID-19: will people with learning disabilities fare better in the second wave?

Report reveals service users six times more likely to die than others during the first wave

Students

Learning disability nursing: correcting those who ask ‘Is it real nursing?’

Student and NHS ambassador Helen Morgan is challenging misunderstandings about her field

Illustration of a stick man on some pens and paper. Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder which affects the way you memorise, process and organise information. Picture: iStock

When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers

We need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

Careers

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

team of nurses sitting talking, showing importance of debriefing

Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

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