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Your right to strike: condemnation for law limiting nurses’ scope for industrial action

Act could be legal breach, say unions and other groups monitoring post-Brexit rule changes

A nurse puts her hand on the back of an older woman to support her as she walks with the help of a walking frame

‘Cruel’ curbs on migrant care workers seen as disaster for NHS and social care

Ban on family members will discourage migrants, adding to workforce shortages, say critics

You can’t blame nurses’ strikes for record NHS waiting lists, minister told

Health and social care secretary said industrial action is one cause of backlogs

A nurse holds open a folder to show something to a patient sitting opposite

Avoidable deaths prompt calls for improved learning disability nursing provision in NHS

Report also cites lack of understanding of patients’ requirements in acute hospitals

Sign for NHS Fife premises with blue sky and partial street scene in background. Hospital in NHS at centre of patient information breach

Hospital intruder who posed as an agency nurse gave patient care and stole documentation

Security breach is a lesson for all healthcare organisations, said privacy watchdog

Nurses on strike outside Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

New anti-strike code of practice approved by MPs, despite human rights concerns

Government anti-strike measures called ‘a brazen attack on the right to strike’

Evidence and Practice

Changing the focus of adverse incident reporting in mental health nursing

Changing the focus of adverse incident reporting in mental health nursing

Why nurses need to include workforce-related issues in adverse incident reports

A woman with a compassionate smile sits and looks at another woman who has her back to the camera

What is the therapeutic relationship in mental health practice?

A therapeutic relationship between nurse and service user is vital for good outcomes

Service users’ and staff’s experiences of ward rounds in an inpatient rehabilitation service: a service evaluation

A service evaluation of ward rounds in an inpatient rehabilitation service

Service users’ and staff’s experiences on the effectiveness of ward rounds

Benefits of developing long-term relationships between trainee nursing associates and mental health experts by experience

Nursing associates: benefits of collaborations with mental health experts by experience

How long-term interactions with service users can improve confidence during training

 First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) hearings: protecting the therapeutic relationship

Mental health tribunals: supporting patients and protecting the therapeutic relationship

An overview of the process and advice on displaying transparency and acting as the patient’s...

Exploring young people’s perspectives on digital technology and mental healthcare: pilot study findings

Exploring young people’s perspectives on digital technology and mental health care

Pilot study suggests avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to integrating digital technology...


Advanced nurse practitioner Susie Lagrata, who left her home and family in the Philippines at the age of 23, and has forged a successful career in the UK

Settling in as an international nurse: ‘what I left behind to work in the UK’

Leaving her family behind was heartbreaking for nurse Susie Lagrata, but she has no regrets

Care for transgender people: how to create positive, inclusive experiences

The steps you can take to tackle health inequalities faced by trans people


Patient’s Choice award winners: The district nursing team that transformed my life

Janette Connor nominated the team for their holistic, compassionate care

Protect your well-being: how to stay calm when the world feels chaotic

Ways to maintain your focus and balance in the face of relentless grim news

Julie Roye, RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

RCN Nurse of the Year 2023: ‘We empower patients with choice’

Julie Roye’s determination to break down health inequalities has had an impressive impact

Silhouette of a head looking down cut from a sheet of green crumpled paper on a black background indicating mental health and well-being

Patient suicide in mental health settings: how to cope with the aftermath

Coping strategies can help but more training and support is needed


The King delivers his speech to parliament next to the Queen in November 2023

Why reform of the Mental Health Act should be a priority

The King’s speech offered nothing on Mental Health Act reforms, so we must push for change

How to reduce your chances of getting a virus at work this winter

Do your best to avoid common winter viruses by upping your infection control game

Patient’s clinical negligence complaint left me broken and isolated by misplaced shame

Accusation blighted my life – but here’s how I survived, and you could too


Leading change as a nursing student: how to develop an innovation

Award winner explains how she co-produced a relevant, helpful resource with patients

What is ChatGPT and can I use it to help with an assignment?

Students need to be AI-literate, but must use the technology with caution

Student hardship funds: what am I entitled to and how can I apply?

The support available if you find yourself struggling to make ends meet


Moving from NHS to social care nursing: what are the benefits?

The career opportunities you may not have considered, including for newly registered staff

Midlife financial review: do I need one, and how do I do it?

Tips for nurses on NHS pensions, planning for future need and seeking financial advice

Safe staffing: how to report concerns, whatever your role or seniority

A practical guide to using ‘red flags’ to raise staffing gaps