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A line of figures depicting nurses. The image of one who has grey hair is being removed by an eraser at the end of a large pencil

‘I felt discarded’: how age discrimination can limit nursing careers

Ageism can stunt nurses’ careers and lead staff to leave or even retire

Outgoing chief executive Andrea Sufcliffe, who is resigning on health grounds

NMC chief executive resigns as she awaits neurosurgery following tumour diagnosis

My job is tough enough when you’re well, impossible when you’re not, says Andrea Sutcliffe

A teenage boy screaming: screaming is among the behaviours that challenge in adults or children with learning disabilities and/or autism

How to manage behaviour that challenges and prevent it happening

Understanding the causes, such as unmet needs, is crucial for effective management

Close-up of nurse with tattooed arms crossed

Tattoos, piercings, false eyelashes now okay for nurses as trust relaxes uniform rule

Trust wants to celebrate inclusivity and allow people to be themselves in modern workplace

Photo of a piggy bank, illustrating story about a podcast on nurse pensions

Thinking of stopping your NHS pension? Here’s why you shouldn’t

The benefits of the NHS pension and why it is such good value for nurses

Photo of new NHS uniform in a range of colours, illustrating story about its introduction at an NHS trust in England

National nurses’ uniform to make its debut at NHS trust

Nurses in Derbyshire will be the first to wear the uniform, which comes in various colours

Evidence and Practice

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

 Obesity and nutrition: supporting positive dietary behaviour change in people with learning disabilities

Supporting positive dietary behaviour change in people with learning disabilities

The importance of nutrition as a controllable factor in preventing long-term conditions


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


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

Blurred image of healthcare professionals moving at high speed with a hospital trolley along a corridor, suggesting the time and workload pressures facing emergency department staff

DNACPR tragedy will prey on the consciences of nurses involved, but they are all of us

Patient’s death tells us what we already know, but will it change anything?

A nurse uses a book with pictures to help explain a medical intervention to a person with a learning disability

How to get informed consent right

Experts with lived experience of having a learning disability offer their advice


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

Illustration of self-rostering in nursing shows three staff working together with a calendar to plan their rota

Self-rostering on clinical placement: can I have a say on when I’m on shift?

A predictable schedule enables you to commit to paid work and keep your home life on track

Nurse’s head and shoulders seen from behind. She stands in front of a blackboard that has a conceptual bar chart suggesting nurse pay and conditions are in decline

If you feel close to quitting your degree, what would persuade you to stay the course?

Better clinical placements and the promise of fair pay – the support students deserve


Illustration showing several nurses in uniform, seen from behind, walking along a winding pathway towards the words ‘nmc SIFE pathway’, with two large hands supporting them

Help for overseas nurses struggling to get on the register

How a new pathway has helped hundreds who narrowly failed their English language tests

Illustration of woman's head and shoulders in profile. She holds her head high. The autism symbol – multicoloured infinity – is superimposed.

I’m newly qualified and autistic – here’s how I navigate the challenges of my role

With a little support, autistic nurses like me will thrive at work and enrich nursing care

A man sitting in a home office talking on a phone, while looking at patient notes, as with an occupational health nurse working from home

Work-life balance: what I’ve gained in an occupational health role

It can offer more flexibility than ward or community jobs. Find out what’s involved