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RCN Nursing Awards 2021 open for entries: who will be named nurse of the year?

Individuals and teams invited to nominate across 15 award categories

Picture shows a woman comforting a young girl while a nurse holds her arm

Chronic pain management in children and young people

New guidelines focus on physical, psychological and pharmacological interventions

Staying cool and comfortable at work: the challenges of PPE

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

A computerised image illustrating the effects of sickle cell disease

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

Evidence and Practice

Blood disorders

Function and formation of blood and common blood disorders in children

Brush up on the composition, formation and function of blood, as well as blood disorders

How do bone marrow transplants work?

Children undergoing bone marrow transplants need support and follow up

Congenital heart disease: factors influencing parents’ knowledge of their child’s condition

Congenital heart disease: factors influencing parents’ knowledge of a child’s condition

A literature review to identify factors influencing parents’ knowledge of their child’s CHD

Biological basis of child health 9: development of the liver and clinical features of childhood liver disease

Biological basis of child health 9: development of the liver and clinical features of...

Ninth in our series on the biological basis of child health

Implementing music therapy in a Norwegian neonatal intensive care unit

Implementing music therapy in a Norwegian neonatal intensive care unit

Music therapy can reinforce family-centred care and promote parent-infant bonding

Using arts-based digital storytelling in neonatal care to enhance nursing students’ empathy

Using arts-based digital storytelling in neonatal care to enhance students’ empathy

Stories based on parents’ narratives can help nursing students learn about experiences

Features

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

Care of sick children: what nurses need to know when calming anxious parents

Parental anxiety can transfer to a sick child, so parents need to feel supported and calm

Accreditation

Nurses play key role in UK children’s hospital becoming first in Europe to achieve award

Nottingham Children’s Hospital gains Pathway to Excellence accreditation

Breastfeeding: why nurses need to encourage and support mothers with babies in hospital

The RCN’s latest guidance offers advice on promoting breastfeeding in children’s wards

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Nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemi

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Glove use and vaccinations: what the COVID-19 guidance says

There has been some confusion over whether gloves should be worn by vaccinators

Opinion

Learning disabilities: why nurse support is vital when moving from child to adult care

Study finds service users need key relationships to help navigate next steps

Epilepsy

Epilepsy and sudden unexpected death: what nurses need to know

How can you reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epileptic people?

Picture sows a young girl with her head on a pillow, touching her head with her hand and looking sad

COVID-19 and mental health: the fallout for children and young people

More nurses and more support are needed to cope with a growing mental health crisis

Students

How to make the most of your first clinical placement

COVID-19 delayed Lenka Huntley’s experience until her second year – here’s how she coped

Social media: teaching nursing students how to engage and be professional online

The University of Plymouth empowers students to make the most of virtual learning

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

Careers

Island nursing: why it’s rich in career opportunities as well as work-life balance

A nurse explains the professional rewards of finding a job on a small island

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

Critical care in the community: how a secondment has expanded my skills and experience

RCN Nurse of the Year Ana Waddington is pushing her boundaries in a mobile response unit role

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