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Nurse pay: RCN urges staff to lobby MPs for 12.5% wage rise

College steps up campaign to persuade chancellor to give fully funded pay increase

Nurse research: ‘let’s make it a normal part of our role’

Nurses’ employers should give them time for research, Nightingale2020 conference told

Picture shows children being served a school meal

Nursing groups join free school meals campaign

RCN and others urge government to reverse decision over free meals during holidays

COVID-19: no immunisation for NHS staff until vaccine proven safe and effective

Government will not proceed until trials are verified, despite reports of programme this year

Daughter of nurse who died with COVID-19 pays tribute to her dedication

Emma Vianzon was an ‘inspiration who was always caring for others’

COVID-19: survey finds nursing staff divided on whether to have flu jab

Some say patient safety comes first, others fear bad reaction to vaccine

Evidence and Practice

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

Implementing blended feeding for children with intellectual disabilities in a school environment

Blended feeding for children with intellectual disabilities in a school environment

Implementing this feeding for gastrostomy button-fed children with intellectual disabilities

Whorlton Hall, Winterbourne View and Ely Hospital: learning from failures of care

Whorlton Hall, Winterbourne View and Ely Hospital: learning from failures of care

A reflection on the common types of abuse experienced by service users in health and social...

Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students to apply theory and evidence in practice

Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students

How a conceptual tool can be used to support applying theory and evidence in practice

Preventing, assessing and managing constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Preventing, assessing and managing constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Causes and risks of constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

Features

Prison nursing support team transforms care of inmates with learning disabilities

Their work ensures service-users’ needs are met in a custodial setting

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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

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

Healthcare projects on an overseas placement: how one student’s plan generated a team...

RCNi Nursing Student Award winner’s networking and persistence got a clinic up and running

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Support when families need it most: ‘health visitors may not know the impact they have’

Patient’s Choice nominee Noreen Ferguson helped a family deal with their son’s diagnosis

Opinion

Prioritising nurse safety not only protects staff, but patients too

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that safe staffing and proper PPE mean better care

Image illustrates the online interaction between new nursing students and their lecturer during the first week of term at university

COVID-19: uncertain times highlight the best of learning disability nursing

Nursing students starting university graduate courses face a strange new online world

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Planet Rachael: the danger of making assumptions

In the ‘new normal’, we must not assume that virtual consultations are accessible to all

Students

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

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

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

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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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