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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

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

Woman, whose head is seen from behind, faces an official panel of questioners. NMC's independent panels will investigate cases of suspended registration fraud

NMC register fraud investigations: nurses to face hearings soon

Panels will examine cases of people suspected of gaining fraudulent entry to UK register

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

Epilepsy: understanding its emotional and psychological effects and its relationship with mental illness

Epilepsy: emotional and psychological effects and relationship with mental illness

Epilepsy and mental health services should work together to provide coordinated care

Exploring service users’ experience of transition from inpatient rehabilitation to community settings

Service users’ experience of transition to community settings 

An evaluation of the work of a community enhanced rehabilitation team

Supporting people with co-occurring mental health issues, alcohol and drug use

Supporting people with co-occurring mental health issues, alcohol and drug use

Enhance your assessment skills when working with such service users

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

Features

Mental health nurse Matty Caine is founder of First Person Project

I came close to death – now I’m using my experience to improve mental healthcare

Mental health nurse Matty Caine on his pioneering service First Person Project

My OCD helped me become a mental health nurse

A nurse, writing anonymously, shares the lows of OCD as well as the silver linings

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

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

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

Opinion

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

Illustration showing healthcare staff in different uniforms, representing different professions, standing on top of piles of coins of varying heights, suggesting pay differences between professions

NHS pay: would a separate pay spine benefit nurses?

We ask our readers if a split from Agenda for Change is the best approach

Illustration of a nurse looking down and demotivated, holding a mask showing a brave face, which she is putting on her own face

How to give your best to patients when you’re lacking motivation

Finding ways to boost morale and reaching out to peers can help you get back on track

Students

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

Image of a male and a female nurse in uniform walking forwards with their arms outstretched backwards and palms upward indicating refusal

Can I refuse to care for a patient as a nursing student?

If and when refusal to treat may be acceptable on placement – and how to deal with issues

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

Careers

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

What you need to be a chief nurse – and my top tips for getting there

Focus on developing your skills in roles you love, and keep on learning

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How to stay focused on your career goals and reach the next step

A guide to setting SMART goals, staying on track and finding a coach or mentor

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