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How to get your preferred flexible work hours: new advice for nurses

Show your manager the benefits of letting you work when you want but be ready to compromise

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Nowhere to take a break: nurses share workplace stories

Posts on Facebook page include reports of converted store cupboards and picnic benches

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Nurses in Scotland urged to reject 5% pay offer in ballot

Offer fails to recognise safety-critical role of nursing and soaring cost of living, says RCN

Bullying in the NHS: steep rise in complaints about managers and other colleagues

Staff need to know concerns will be taken seriously as employers insist they’re doing more

Relief for Northern Ireland community nurses as temporary increased mileage rates agreed

Health minister Robin Swann announces an increased allowance to be reviewed in six months

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Nurses laugh off expert advice to take a power nap during night shifts

Fatigue expert recommends a nap to stay vigilant but nurses say it wouldn’t be allowed

Analysis

Why are nurses more likely to be bullied than other NHS staff?

Advice for staff when faced with a toxic culture that poses a risk to them and patient care

RCN congress 2022: how does it work, and what’s on the agenda this year?

Financial hardship, overwork and compassion fatigue are among the issues for debate

Pressure to work overtime: how to say no and prioritise work-life balance

If you’re working extra hours it may well be unpaid – and it may well be damaging your health

When a patient dies: providing compassionate care and support

How to maintain dignity and privacy, support families and protect your own well-being

Flexible working: have the new rules made a difference for nurses?

What you told our survey about why it matters, making requests and support from managers

Your next pay rise: find out what to expect from NHS negotiations

As the cost of living soars, we guide you though the next steps in the 2022-23 pay deal

Clinical update

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

Long-COVID: what it means and how to manage the longer-term effects

Advice from NICE on how to care for patients with ongoing symptoms of the virus

Managing aerosol generating procedures in school for children with complex medical needs

Updated guidance covers children with a tracheostomy or respiratory difficulties

Menopause symptoms and period pain: identify women’s health conditions with confidence

Updated RCN resource also includes information on pregnancy, continence and sexual health

Diabetes care: how a coin-sized device can monitor blood glucose levels continuously

Up to 3,000 people with learning disabilities set to benefit from ‘life-changing’ device

Prescribing

Preparing to Prescribe toolkit: becoming a non-medical prescriber

Updated online resource is a step-by-step guide for nurses considering a prescribing course

Policy briefing

COVID-19: how to make PPE less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Public Health England has issued guidance for staff in care homes

Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

Picture shows mental health professional sitting at a table with a woman with Down’s syndrome woman. A national framework in Ireland aims to provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

Putting person-centred care at the heart of learning disability services

Ireland targets services for those with learning disabilities and their families and carers

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Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Identifying the needs of older people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities are living longer but will have specific health needs

Research news

Picture shows a child scratching himself. Relying too much on observed stereotypical and repetitive behaviour may result in incorrect diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in people with a learning disability and sensory impairments, a study suggests.

Beware diagnosis of ASD based on stereotype behaviour

People with learning disability and sensory impairments can be wrongly diagnosed as autistic

Picture shows a young male who is autistic. Research shows nearly half of autistic children have anxieties specifically associated with autism and commonly related to sensory experiences.

Exploring anxiety in young people with autism spectrum disorder

Autistic children anxious over sensory experiences, phobias, unpredictability and change

Picture shows an older woman talking to a therapist. A new study shows the wider lifestyle benefits associated with PBS-based approaches and the need to capitalise on these gains.

Lifestyle gains linked to positive behaviour support

Study shows lifestyle benefits of PBS-based approaches and need to capitalise on these gains

Picture shows a woman and a boy sitting on a hospital bed, reading a book together. Nurses interviewed about caring for children with learning disabilities in acute settings stressed the need to be adaptable and flexible

Nurses need more exposure to children with learning disabilities

In interviews, nurses on acute paediatric ward stress need to be adaptable and flexible

Parent peer support is important for families with children who have LDs

Parent peer support provides practical, social and emotional help

Picture shows a young male holding a smartphone. This article reports on a study showing social media presents opportunities for people with learning disabilities, but those supporting them must be alert to risks including cyberbullying and exploitation.

Social media risks for people who have learning disabilities

Use of social media presents opportunities, but also risks of cyberbullying and exploitation

Journal scan

Isolation and loneliness

Scottish survey reveals the scale of social isolation and loneliness

More than 70% of young adults with learning disabilities reported feeling lonely ‘a lot of the time’, according to a campaigning organisation

Inequalities

Long-term conditions management

Systematic review finds that people with learning disabilities were less likely to access health screening and preventive healthcare such as immunisations

Criminal

Secure settings: what makes for a good outcome when people move on from inpatient...

Study finds need to establish specialist forensic support teams to ensure best possible outcomes for offenders who have behaviours that challenge

Blood plasma test could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism

A pioneering test has revealed a link between autism and damage to proteins in blood plasma that could lead to earlier diagnosis of the condition, scientists say

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Study raises questions about clinical outcomes associated with positive behaviour...

Of services where staff underwent training only 30% produced positive behaviour support plans that included all essential components

Close up of someone preparing to take a pill with a glass of water

Psychotropic medication often given in the absence of multidisciplinary assessments

Research raises concerns about a lack of guidelines and review of prescriptions

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