Why the first 1,001 days are vital to childcare

More than 120 charities say childcare system is at breaking point


Exclusive: Overcoming the barriers to hospital discharge for children with complex needs

More children are remaining in hospital because patients are not supported properly

Brexit deadline deferral

Postpone Brexit for the sake of our health and social care systems, unions tell PM

RCN calls for a People's Vote, Unison warns of dire consequences if UK crashes out of EU

CPD learning

New CPD guidance is welcome in light of budget cuts, RCN says

Five principles aim to ‘develop knowledge, skills and competencies’ of staff

nurse at the bedside

Jobs guarantees for new nurses would cut agency spending – NHS England

But extent of nurse vacancies is tantamount to assured employment, says RCN

NHS pay deals

Pay deal ‘may help make up lost ground’ on recruitment and retention

RCN urges pay review body to back ‘robust’ approach to workforce data

Evidence and Practice

Stef Sanjati

A-Z of syndromes: Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome is a genetic disorder that gives people a distinctive appearance


Preparing young people with complex needs and their families for transition to adult...

Improving survival rates for children and young people with complex health needs requires a...


Diagnosing and managing migraine in children and young people

This article gives an overview of migraine in children. It outlines the epidemiology of the...

Communication skills: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student

Communication skills: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student

Reflection is a natural human activity. It is important for nursing students during practice...

Meeting the psychosocial needs of adolescents and their families during a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Meeting the psychosocial needs of adolescents and their families during a diagnosis of...

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), an oncological condition affecting blood-producing...

Effects of watching cartoons on pain scores in children undergoing venepuncture

Effects of watching cartoons on pain scores in children undergoing venepuncture

Background Children experience pain and restlessness during invasive procedures. Aim To...


Trudy Ward & team

Child health nursing: how to gain recognition for your improvements to patient care

We hope our roll-call of amazing nurses will inspire you to enter the RCNi awards

Al Aynsley-Green

Sir Al Aynsley Green: ‘Why do we have such appalling outcomes for children?’

Sir Aynsley-Green hopes his new book will highlight issues about children’s health and rights

Unpacking a rucksack of worries with the school nurse

With rising numbers of 13-14 year olds being referred to child and adolescent mental health...

From graduation to revalidation: my first three years as a nurse

Lauren Philpott’s new book reveals the highs and lows of starting out in nursing

RCN chair: Adamant nurses must use their voice

RCN chair Maria Trewern is full of hope for the profession – and wants to give members more...


More Christmas

Have a happy and stress-free Christmas and New Year

It has been a difficult year for nurses, but there are some bright spots on the horizon


Book review: Clinical Pocket Reference: Nursing Care of Children and Young People

Nurse adviser Doreen Crawford reviews Nursing Care of Children and Young People

Sad boy

Out of my comfort zone: supporting a boy whose mother was dying

How children’s nurse Michelle McKay's training helped her offer reassurance and support...



All nurse training should cover communication with children who have learning...

Bespoke training could benefit students and children with learning disabilities

Could overseas communication improve cultural differences in healthcare?

Hearing about nursing practice from students who have travelled abroad has left Chris Steele...

Race to the finishing line is on

Third year nursing student, Chris Steele discusses his hopes and fears for final year


'Seek a mentor and don't be afraid to ask for feedback'...

GOSH chief nurse discusses why the NHS is something to safeguard and cherish

Scholarship led to national roll out of an innovative communication tool for young...

Joanna Poole on why a Florence Nightingale Emerging Leaders Scholarship improved...

Can acupuncture help to reduce anxiety in children and young people?

Considering the implications of studies into neonatal, child and adolescent health