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Photo of nursing students in a lecture, illustrating story about declining student numbers

Nursing student numbers: degree places ‘getting harder to fill’

University says it cannot meet national targets and had to scrap mental health intake

A tribunal panel looks as documents, with witness facing them across a table. A nurse with Chron’s disease won a tribunal after NHS employer reneged on reasonable adjustments

Compensation for charge nurse told she had to stop solely working night shifts

Managers rowed back on reasonable adjustments that helped her manage a chronic condition

Close-up of the face of a woman who is holding up her hand with fingers spread in a protective gesture

Sexual harassment faced by hundreds of NHS staff goes unreported

Incidents include being touched or asked for sex, but half those affected don’t raise it

Photo of RCN general secretary Pat Cullen, illustrating story about RCN's response to government proposals on nurse pay

Nurses should get £35k starting salary, government told

RCN head Pat Cullen wants overhaul of pay bandings and improvements to nurse career pathway

A nurse sitting at a table and making notes while using a calculator that is on top of a pile of documents, as if checking a payslip

Common payroll issues: how to keep track and resolve errors

Pay can fluctuate and it is important to report discrepancies – including overpayments

Nursing staff from York Hospital in North Yorkshire on the hospital picket line during the RCN strike in May last year

Separate pay spine for nurses: decision draws a step closer

Nurses urged to air views on pay as government consultation closes at midnight

Evidence and Practice

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...

Developing a web-based app for non-mental health nurses to assess the mental health needs and risks of children and young people

App for non-mental health nurses to assess needs, risks of children and young people

Overview of project to develop app to assess mental health needs, risks of children and...

Oral and dental health promotion for children’s nurses

Oral and dental health promotion for children’s nurses

Opportunistic dental advice should be provided to help prevent early onset dental disease

Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema

Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema

Learn about strategies nurses can use to help families manage atopic eczema


 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: how to tailor non-verbal communication to the...

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 tired and ill child with measles lies down in bed

Surge in measles cases underlines the need for children to be vaccinated

Nurses should help parents get access to the safe and effective vaccines for their children

A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

Face of young boy looking forlorn, his measles rash easily visible because of his light skin

Measles surge: what you need to know right now, and how your practice is affected

Your quick guide to public health messaging, symptom recognition and infection control


A patient, seen from behind, talks in confidence to a nurse in uniform who is holding a clipboard

Is it ever okay to breach patient confidentiality as a nurse?

Advice for students on whether disclosing information is permitted in any circumstance

A nursing student stands with a ward nurse as they consult notes together

You’re about to start a clinical placement? Here are 7 things you need to know

Find out how to achieve your learning goals while maintaining a work-life balance

Nursing student Andrew Poole sits at a table in a community hall talking to a parish nursing client while on clinical placement

Community placement: what does working with parish nurses involve?

Parish nursing teams can offer scope to develop communication and health promotion skills


A female lecturer stands at the front of a lecture theatre teaching nursing students

From NHS nurse to lecturer: making the transition to education

What I’ve learned moving from an NHS role to academia, and the skills you need

Image shows a nurse walking along a winding path in the direction of an arrow pointing to ‘ACP’. The path is flanked by other clinicians

A day in the life of an advanced clinical practitioner

An ACP has advice on how to make the move into advanced practice

Three young woman huddle together, all looking at their phones. Social media can effective in advertising nurse vacancies

Social media recruitment: how you can turbo-charge interest in vacancies where you work

TikTok and other platforms are proving to be powerful tools for filling nurse roles