Nursing Children and Young People

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A line of figures depicting nurses. The image of one who has grey hair is being removed by an eraser at the end of a large pencil

‘I felt discarded’: how age discrimination can limit nursing careers

Ageism can stunt nurses’ careers and lead staff to leave or even retire

Outgoing chief executive Andrea Sufcliffe, who is resigning on health grounds

NMC chief executive resigns as she awaits neurosurgery following tumour diagnosis

My job is tough enough when you’re well, impossible when you’re not, says Andrea Sutcliffe

Close-up of nurse with tattooed arms crossed

Tattoos, piercings, false eyelashes now okay for nurses as trust relaxes uniform rule

Trust wants to celebrate inclusivity and allow people to be themselves in modern workplace

Photo of a piggy bank, illustrating story about a podcast on nurse pensions

Thinking of stopping your NHS pension? Here’s why you shouldn’t

The benefits of the NHS pension and why it is such good value for nurses

Photo of new NHS uniform in a range of colours, illustrating story about its introduction at an NHS trust in England

National nurses’ uniform to make its debut at NHS trust

Nurses in Derbyshire will be the first to wear the uniform, which comes in various colours

Former nurse and convicted child killer Lucy Letby

Court order blocking access to Letby trial article defies open justice, MP tells Commons

Ex-minister criticises court order stopping UK online access to article on killer’s trial

Evidence and Practice

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: treatment outcomes, quality of life and implications for practice

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: treatment and implications for practice

Guidance for nurses on AIS treatment, outcomes and long-term effects

Protecting the integrity of children and young people’s nursing as a distinct field of practice

Children and young people’s nursing as a distinct field of practice

Children have unique needs that are best met by nurses trained specifically to care for them

Medicines management in children and young people: pharmacokinetics, drug calculations and off-label drug use

Medicines management in children and young people: part 1

Pharmacokinetics, drug calculations, and unlicensed and off-label drug use

After COVID-19: preparing staff for future surges in respiratory illness in children and improving well-being

Preparing staff for respiratory surge in children: lessons from COVID-19

A project helped staff understand how the pandemic affected their emotional health and well-...

Care of an infant born with a cleft palate: a case study

Care of an infant born with a cleft palate: a case study

Nurses should work in close partnership with the family and the multidisciplinary team

Checking nasogastric tube safety in children cared for in the community: a re-examination of the evidence base

Nasogastric tube safety in children cared for in the community: evidence re-examined

A revised approach is proposed in which nurses can use checks other than nasogastric...


 Nurse behind seated patient stoops slightly and has her hands on his shoulders to express warmth and reassurance. Touch is a powerful way to show compassion in nursing

Using touch to show compassion: tailoring non-verbal communication to the individual

Judging when it’s appropriate to touch a patient or relative – and when it’s not

A nurse sitting on her own looking sad and upset

Child deaths: how to cope with your own feelings when a patient dies

Three children's nurses share how they manage their emotions after a patient’s death

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

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

A young child looks into the distance with tears rolling down their cheek

How nurses can help prepare children for the death of a parent with cancer

Honest conversations with children about end of life can help them cope with grief


A stoma bag is positioned on a patient’s abdomen by gloved hands

Stoma care: tips on how to support patients, dispel myths and banish stigma

Practical advice on nursing care and addressing individuals’ lifestyle concerns

Blurred image of healthcare professionals moving at high speed with a hospital trolley along a corridor, suggesting the time and workload pressures facing emergency department staff

DNACPR tragedy will prey on the consciences of nurses involved, but they are all of us

Patient’s death tells us what we already know, but will it change anything?

Video still from a UK Health Security Agency campaign with four children staring at the camera and the tagline: ‘If we’re not vaccinated, we’re not protected’

Worrying rise in pertussis cases across UK and Europe

Nurses should advise parents and pregnant women to book a vaccination appointment


Illustration of multi-professional teamwork in healthcare shows staff in different uniforms standing together, arms around each others’ shoulders. We see them from behind

Multi-professional teamwork: what you learn from it on clinical placement

Find out how to make the most of learning opportunities in the multidisciplinary team

Illustration of self-rostering in nursing shows three staff working together with a calendar to plan their rota

Self-rostering on clinical placement: can I have a say on when I’m on shift?

A predictable schedule enables you to commit to paid work and keep your home life on track

Nurse’s head and shoulders seen from behind. She stands in front of a blackboard that has a conceptual bar chart suggesting nurse pay and conditions are in decline

If you feel close to quitting your degree, what would persuade you to stay the course?

Better clinical placements and the promise of fair pay – the support students deserve


Illustration showing several nurses in uniform, seen from behind, walking along a winding pathway towards the words ‘nmc SIFE pathway’, with two large hands supporting them

Help for overseas nurses struggling to get on the register

How a new pathway has helped hundreds who narrowly failed their English language tests

Illustration of woman's head and shoulders in profile. She holds her head high. The autism symbol – multicoloured infinity – is superimposed.

I’m newly qualified and autistic – here’s how I navigate the challenges of my role

With a little support, autistic nurses like me will thrive at work and enrich nursing care

A man sitting in a home office talking on a phone, while looking at patient notes, as with an occupational health nurse working from home

Work-life balance: what I’ve gained in an occupational health role

It can offer more flexibility than ward or community jobs. Find out what’s involved