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Joanne Froggatt in the tv drama Breathtaking

Breathtaking: TV COVID drama ‘too real to watch’ for some nurses

ITV series described as authentic depiction of the trauma front-line nurses experienced

A nurse-educator shows a small group of young people with learning disabilities a website on his tablet computer about intimacy and relationships

Sex and relationships: how can nurses educate and support young service users?

New guidelines on relationships and sexuality offer practical advice

Photo of Martha Mills, who died from sepsis in 2021. Failures in her care inspired Martha's rule, which will be rolled out in April 2024.

Martha’s rule roll-out: how nurses will be involved

New rule gives patients and families access to urgent second opinion if concerned about care

Nurse Michelle Cox, who won a landmark racism tribunal and welcomes a new report on racism

NHS racism: staff fear being branded ‘troublemakers’ for raising race concerns

Nurse Michelle Cox says black and minority ethnic staff need to feel valued and included

Two nurses happily walk through hospital lobby. Study founds consitency in nurse rostering is good for staff morale

Shift patterns you can predict: is roster consistency important for work-life balance?

Sensitively spaced days off boost morale, but views are split on length of shifts – study

Photo of Berrywood Hospital, illustrating a story about nurse suspended from register for behaviour in the workplace

‘Bullying and intimidating’ nurse suspended from register

Mental health nurse Declan Carroll’s behaviour led to NMC fitness to practise panel verdict

Evidence and Practice

Promoting oral health for people with learning disabilities

Promoting oral health for people with learning disabilities

How interventions such as desensitisation and reasonable adjustments can address challenges

How to support adherence to medicines among people with learning disabilities

How to support adherence to medicines among people with learning disabilities

A strategy is needed that includes education, reasonable adjustments and medication reviews

Supporting people with learning disabilities and a fear of needles to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Supporting people with learning disabilities and needle phobia to be vaccinated

How a desensitisation programme was used to prepare people for the COVID-19 vaccination

How to support the accurate diagnosis of constipation in people with learning disabilities

How to diagnose constipation in people with learning disabilities

Diagnosis can be complicated by behaviours of concern in this patient group

Exploring the experiences of fathers who have a child with a learning disability

Exploring the experiences of fathers who have a child with a learning disability

A literature review showed the need for tailored services or interventions to support fathers

Rare epilepsy syndromes: understanding treatment goals and management challenges

Rare epilepsy syndromes: understanding treatment goals and management challenges

How nurses can provide adequate care and support to service users, family members and carers


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 man with learning disabilities listens carefully to a nurse who has her back to the camera

How you can improve end of life care planning for people with learning disabilities

Guidance and tools to help nurses ensure service users’ wishes are met

An illustration showing a smiling nurse in uniform standing in front of a crowd, represented by several sets of hands raised high and clapping

Daunted by public speaking? Tips to take you from nervous to confident

Nurse experts share their advice on how to prepare well and engage an audience

Image representing rising prices shows a jagged red arrow pointing upwards against an assortment of groceries spilling out of a paper bag

A guide to managing your finances: how to save money and access support

Four experts offer their top tips for nurses on tax, pensions, debt and grants

An illustration of a group of nurses of different ages standing together inside a big speech bubble

How can nursing teams improve communication between generations?

Five nurses on the learning opportunities in teams with different levels of experience


A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

Time for change written in sand on a beach

Is it time to retire the title learning disability nurse?

Changing the name could make it more contemporary and reflect changing times

Images of several human heads in profile symbolising changes – a ladder is propped against one of them and next to it is a small figure representing a nurse with a conversation bubble coming from her mouth

Is the title learning disability nurse still fit for purpose?

Jonathan Beebee asks if the profession needs a new title to reflect changes in practice


An illustration showing a nurse in the middle of a circle of six other healthcare staff with arrows pointing away from the nurse to illustrate delegation of work

How can I become more confident in delegating nursing tasks?

Delegation is a key nursing skill but can be challenging, here is some practical advice

Photo of woman giving evidence in a courtroom

What is it like to give evidence in a Coroner’s Court?

Nursing students are using a mock court to gain experience they may require in their career

Nursing students learn how to insert and attach an oral tube into a manikin

Struggling to get your NMC proficiencies signed off? How a skills clinic can help

Outreach clinics give students the chance to practise clinical skills in a safe environment


A nurse in ICU looks up from writing in notes to observe the patient. ICU can lack understanding of patients’ mental health care needs

Meeting patients’ mental health needs in critical care: a guide to close the skills gap

Newly registered nurse have produced a guide that ICU – and all acute teams – can use

Woman smiles as she makes notes in front of her laptop while working at home – doctoral research is a time commitment and work-life balance challenge

So you’re thinking of doing a PhD? Here’s what you need to know

A doctorate can boost your nursing career – find out how to step up to the challenge

A woman in a smart yellow blouse smiles widely at the person sitting opposite her at a desk, as in a nursing job interview

Going for a band 7 role? What to expect to be asked at your interview

Moving up to these senior roles can be a big step – prepare well with our interview tips