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Becoming a nurse prescriber: how it could take your career in unexpected directions

Find out what you need to do to be qualified to practise as a non-medical prescriber

What are transferable skills and how can I use them to get my next nursing role?

Learn to identify and develop the skills you use day-to-day that can open up career options

Mental health nursing on an island: helping children cope with anxiety and crisis

Mental health nurse Laura Matthews’ book helps children handle difficult feelings

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Fancy a new job? Come to our careers fair and you might even go home with an offer

Explore your options and meet a variety of nurse employers keen to recruit

Becoming an advanced clinical practitioner: what you need to know

From the four pillars to credentialing, what it takes to achieve advanced practice

Don’t let NMC’s blueprint for community care pass by without specialist nursing input

QNI sees flaws in regulator’s plan and urges nurses to respond to its consultation

My job

What does a scrub nurse do – and could you be one?

Perioperative practitioners, or theatre nurses, work in anaesthetics, surgery or recovery

Children and young people’s health needs must be central post-pandemic

New RCN professional lead for children and young people Peta Clark sets out her priorities

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

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

Odds on favourite: my new career as a nurse at the British Racing School

Nurse Sharon Mott took on a challenge in agreeing to create a role where she is responsible for the health and well-being of young would-be jockeys and grooms at a horse racing school

'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

Research in practice

Picture shows a group of young people engaged in friendly conversation. Senior research nurse Heather Rostron examined the attitudes of investigators who recruit children and young people as advisers for research projects.

Patient involvement in research: ensuring their true voice is heard

Involving children and young people in healthcare research presents challenges for nurses

The word ‘Hope’ written in sand on a beach. Picture: iStock

What hope means for families of children with rare diseases in clinical trials

Does ‘hope’ help as a coping mechanism in clinical trials or give rise to misconceptions and possibly false hope?

Pregnant women at a parent support group

Experiences of pregnant women with fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease

Parent support groups have an important role for women with fetal abnormalities

Involving bereaved parents in research design can be a mutually beneficial experience

Tara Kerr-Elliott’s interviews influenced a proposed study on post-death care

Child feeding

How patient involvement enhances research into feeding children during BMT

By sharing their views patients, families and researchers can ensure research is relevant

Is high-flow nasal cannula therapy feasible for managing bronchiolitis in ED?

A literature review examines potential benefits of using high-flow nasal cannula therapy

Research and commentary

Diabetes app

Type 1 diabetes in children: how effective is using a smartphone app?

Study examined the efficacy of Euglyca app aimed at children and young people

Picture shows a newborn baby undergoing blood spot screening. Research shows that the way parents are told after screening that their child may have cystic fibrosis can affect the depth and duration of their distress.

Sensitive diagnosis lessens parents’ upset over cystic fibrosis

How parents are told their child may have cystic fibrosis can affect their distress

Picture shows abstract image of child talking to her mother. A study explored whether children experienced less long-term stress if they were informed about their medical condition and planned surgery

What should parents tell children admitted to hospital about their diagnosis?

Lucy Bray looks at the implications for practice of a study examining how parents share medical information with their children

When a child dies, grandparents have unique support needs

The emotional pain felt by grandparents is often overlooked

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Waiting on a newborn’s result from a heel prick test is an anxious time for parents

Healthcare professionals’ and parents’ experiences of the confirmatory testing period

Research essentials

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How to write for professional and academic journals

Once you have made the decision to publish your work the next step is to consider your intended audience. Knowing your audience will also assist you to consider which journal is the most appropriate for your article.

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Responding to, and learning from, peer review feedback

Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence, or who have expertise in the same area of practice.

Social media

How to use social media to disseminate research findings

Traditionally, research and theoretical studies have been disseminated through articles published in journals or via conferences as oral or poster presentations. However, the rise of the internet and social media in particular has broadened opportunities. Work can now be published in novel ways, and social media can be used to draw attention to work that has been published in traditional media. This article will guide you through some of these.

Designing a presentation

How to prepare conference abstracts and poster presentations

Hints and tips on preparing an engaging and targeted abstract for a conference presentation, as well as creating a high-impact poster.

Presenting to a committee

How to apply for research ethics committee approval

This article explores when and where ethical approval is required and how this should be undertaken.

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Considerations when costing research grants

Conducting research to a high standard requires funding and grant applications to funding bodies need a detailed breakdown of justified costs to show value for money. All expenditure must be accounted for, even down to the cost of tea and coffee.

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