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Next year’s pay rise: further ‘dithering and delays’ unacceptable, say unions

Government pushes back a decision on 2022-23 pay offer for Agenda for Change staff

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What you need to know about Omicron variant of COVID-19

Front-line staff facing greater pressure with expansion of booster jab programme

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‘No evidence’ to justify forced vaccination of front-line nurses

DHSC told to show benefits of mandatory jabs are proportionate to expected workforce costs

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Uber offer for nurses working on the front line over Christmas period

Staff offered discounted trips to and from work and money off meals or groceries

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COVID-19: surveys find nurses feeling ‘neglected and betrayed’

ICON study shows nurses' frustration over poor pay and lack of support during pandemic

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Deadline nears in pay ballot for RCN members in England and Wales

NHS nurses have until Tuesday midday to say if they would take industrial action on 3% offer

Evidence and Practice

Promoting alternatives to PRN medicines in secure inpatient mental health services

Promoting alternatives to PRN medicines in secure inpatient mental health services

Non-pharmacological interventions that could be used in your area of practice

Improving recognition and support for women experiencing the menopause

Improving recognition and support for women experiencing the menopause

Enhancing your awareness of the effects the menopause can have on mental health

Understanding digital self-harm and its implications for mental health practice

Understanding digital self-harm and its implications for mental health practice

Approaches mental health nurses can use to support people who engage in digital self-harm


How to develop an intensive support team for older people in mental health crisis

The implementation of an intensive support team designed to provide care in a patient’s home

Delivering specialist care to children and young people involved with youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: specialist care for children and young people in youth justice services

How remote and digitally delivered care can be combined when working alongside young people

Risk factors for male suicide: a crisis resolution and home treatment team perspective

Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide and assessing suicidal ideation


Fear of cancer recurrence: how nurses can support people after successful treatment

For some patients such fears can be debilitating and may require psychological support

Noel McDonald

Keeping forensic mental health services close to home: a lifetime’s work and leadership

Nurse consultant who transformed patient experience honoured with Special Recognition Award


‘We can help women stop a tragic cycle’: meet our RCN Nurse of the Year 2021

Nicola Bailey defied opposition to set up abortion care in Northern Ireland amid the pandemic

Jodie Heath

Community mental healthcare: ‘My son felt listened to when he talked to his nurse’

Jodie Heath nominated for the 2021 Patient's Choice award for supporting young patient's complex health needs

Katie McIlroy

Community nurse looked beyond labels and ‘held on to hope when I lost mine’

Katie McIlroy has been nominated for the Patient’s Choice award for care of women with complex mental and physical needs

How one specialist personality disorder unit stopped using restraints and restrictions

Dialectical behavioural therapy has transformed nursing care in an inpatient recovery unit



Manchester Triage System: all you need to know about critical mental health updates

Clinical tool ensures parity of care for people in mental health crises presenting to the ED

Bereavement support crisis: how should we shape future services?

Even before the pandemic, provision was inadequate. Share your views on joined-up support

Standardised uniforms for nurses: who will wear them and when?

Uniform for NHS staff in England will have a dress option and reflect cultural diversity


Simulated clinical placements: how to learn from mistakes in a risk-free environment

Virtual reality and high-tech simulation can build confidence to practise safely

How students learn about leadership and communication while running a well-being service

Innovative scheme offers mental health nursing students a clinical placement opportunity


The mental health campaign empowering young people to tell their stories

RCN Nursing Student Award winner’s campaign combines outreach and political action


Revalidating for the first time: what you need to know about each step of the process

We explain the requirements and timeline, plus how to stay on track using a portfolio

How new challenges re-energised our nursing careers

Two nurses prompted by the pandemic to move jobs talk about their new career paths

Becoming a nurse prescriber: how it could take your career in unexpected directions

Find out what you need to do to be qualified to practise as a non-medical prescriber