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Nursing Awards 2021

RCN Nursing Awards 2021: find out who is on the shortlist

Our finalists showcase the best of nursing and the profession’s response to COVID-19

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock

Hancock accused of failing to credit nurses in vaccine rollout

Contribution of general practice nurses, rather than GPs, ‘should be made explicit’

Hospital parking fine: nurse ‘absolutely disillusioned’ about possible court action

Deborah Das parked on a grass verge but says she can never find a parking space at her trust

Hundreds of nurses who called charity helpline during pandemic had attempted suicide

Laura Hyde Foundation produces suicide prevention resource amid ‘mental health pandemic’

Picture shows two women dressed in smart scrubs

Nursing uniform in England could be standardised next summer

Consultation shows majority of nurses back a common NHS uniform – with one clear favourite

Nurse says celebrate NHS and ‘fight for its future’ at protests on its 73rd anniversary

Holly Turner urges staff to campaign for fair pay and patient safety on 3 July

Evidence and Practice

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Concerns have been raised about sexual safety in mental health inpatient wards in the UK

Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation to improve practice

Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a mental health organisation

An account of the development and implementation of a service improvement initiative

Supporting mental health nurses to meet patients’ spiritual needs

Supporting mental health nurses to meet patients’ spiritual needs

Spirituality in healthcare and how it can be integrated into mental health nurses’ practice

Mental health issues in children: exploring primary school teachers’ experiences, knowledge and training needs

Mental health issues in children: primary school teachers’ experiences and needs

Mental health nurses could help train and support primary school teachers

Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses

Effects of sexual violence on survivors and the principles of trauma-informed care

Using digital monitoring alongside psychosocial interventions in patients who self-harm

Digital monitoring alongside psychosocial interventions in patients who self-harm

Service evaluation of the potential for digital self-monitoring of patients’ well-being

Features

‘I had to be sectioned’: the nurse who became the patient

Rachel Davis draws on personal experience of depression and psychosis to educate her peers

Nurses and stress: how performing arts skills can improve self-care and communication

Training given by actors is helping NHS staff to look after themselves better

Living with… borderline personality disorder

Hollie Berrigan discusses the sometimes devastating effects of a BPD diagnosis

Magnet hospitals: what makes them places where nurses want to work?

Why UK hospitals are trialling the US model and what it means for staff and patients

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Nurses’ time to shine: how to get started on your RCN Nursing Awards entry

Advice from winners, nominees and our chair of judges to help you celebrate your achievements

Hand hygiene: how can you be sure your workplace is getting it right?

Compliance is critical to patient safety, but monitoring it is far from straightforward

Opinion

Looking back to the future of the mental health nursing profession

Neil Brimblecombe reflects on how practitioners’ roles have evolved over the years

Sharps injuries: what nurses need to know about the risks

Training is needed to reduce avoidable injuries and minimise infection risks

Glove use: the COVID-19-driven habit we need to break

The pandemic has blurred understanding of guidance, so it’s time we were clear on the basics

Students

Pop-up hospital helps students make up for placements lost to COVID-19

University offers practical experience with clinical scenarios role-played by student peers

Prison nursing: why its complexity makes it a rich learning environment for students

Clinical placements in criminal justice settings offer a wide spectrum of nursing experience

Abby Martin

Please don’t call me ‘the student’

Nursing students have names – and an expectation to be part of the healthcare team too

Careers

Nurse burnout: the course helping staff to be advocates for self-care among colleagues

Course aims to meet nurses’ emotional needs using clinical supervision model

Is it time to step up to a band 6 nursing position?

The pandemic may have given you a taste of more senior roles – so consider your next move

Mental health nursing in primary care: could you take an advanced role at a GP surgery?

Discover the advanced role that helps raise the profile of mental health services

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