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Blood disorder crisis must be treated ‘as urgently as cardiac arrest’

Sickle cell awareness vital, specialist says, after coroner finds patient received wrong care

Union ballots open as nurses in Scotland vote on proposed 4% pay deal

RCN Scotland and GMB urge NHS staff to reject Scottish Government offer

Beauty company backtracks after refusing to treat nurses working with COVID-19 patients

Benefit Cosmetics UK apologises and changes policy after provoking backlash on social media

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Nurses want safe staffing law extended to care homes and the community

Safe staffing is most pressing health issue for the next Welsh parliament, RCN survey finds

NHS in England consults nurses on introduction of national, standardised design

Your nurse’s uniform: is a national, standardised design a good idea?

NHS consults nurses in England about consistency of uniform design

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Overseas nurses granted free automatic visa extensions

Eligible staff and their dependents to receive extra year as COVID-19 response continues

Analysis

Staying cool and comfortable at work: the challenges of PPE

Innovations in uniform design are making COVID-19 care requirements a bit more bearable

COVID-19 and mental health: how nurses can support children and young people

Pandemic has created a toxic environment in some families and this will affect children

COVID-19 one year on: how nurses rose to the challenge, whatever their setting

The pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on nurses – but coping comes at a cost

Caring for trans and non-binary people: overcoming the fear of ‘getting it wrong’

How to address inequitable treatment and improve communication with patients

Common but crushing: how skin conditions can affect mental health

The information you need to support patients coping with ‘just a skin condition’

COVID-19 cardiac complications: counting the long-term cost

The virus has been linked to heart damage, but has also disrupted care across the specialty

Clinical update

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

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

Human trafficking and modern slavery: how nurses can support victims

What to look for, how to help – and what not to do if you if you suspect a patient is at risk

Patient notes

Dementia and the prescription of antipsychotics in hospital

Key points for nurses from a dementia audit by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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Infection control and the coronavirus

COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

Policy briefing

Obesity strategy: steps for tackling a public health crisis

Government’s plan to get the nation fit, protect against COVID-19 and ease strain on the NHS

Managing recovery from COVID-19

A service to aid long-term recovery will offer personalised, online-based aftercare

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

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Interventions to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people

Public Health England focuses on promoting critical importance of mental health

Picture shows an older couple, the woman appearing confused and a nurse looking at her. Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document.

Personalised care for people with dementia

Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document

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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

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Parents’ mental health impaired when children are seriously ill

Parents whose children need intensive care treatment suffer clinically significant impairment of their mental health, researchers say

Alcohol use disorders a major risk for dementia, especially early-onset

Alcohol use disorders are a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, study shows

Learning, memory problems seen in adolescents with OCD

Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder have learning and memory problems that could affect their self-esteem, researchers say

Women prone to mood swings prompted by season, daylight

Women experience seasonal changes in their mood across the year, including more depression in winter, regardless of social and lifestyle factors, a study shows

Singing in groups shown to promote recovery, improve mental health

Singing in groups could help improve patients’ mental health, promoting a feeling of belonging and improved social skills and confidence, researchers say

Young show perfectionism more than past generations

Young people display greater perfectionist tendencies today than 30 years ago due to the increasing demands of society and competitive individualism, a study shows

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Laurence Drew, Deanna Hodge and Amy Dopson of Surrey University

Nursing Standard podcast: practical guide to the NMC education standards

Nurse academics from University of Surrey share tips for getting the most from the framework

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CLL

Chronic lymphcytic leukaemia: Improving treatment and support for patients

This feature has been funded by Janssen UK and written on the company’s behalf by M&F Health, based on an interview with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Karen Stanley.

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Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Luke Pybus

Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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Sponsored: Find your most extraordinary RMN job with Priory

Most nurses enter the profession to make a real difference to people’s lives, and our Registered Mental Health nurses are no different. What sets them apart, however, are the incredible lengths they go to, to make it happen.

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The Cambian Group: Nursing you can truly believe in

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