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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

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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

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Nurses want safe staffing law extended to care homes and the community

Safe staffing is most pressing health issue for the next Welsh parliament, RCN survey finds

NHS in England consults nurses on introduction of national, standardised design

Your nurse’s uniform: is a national, standardised design a good idea?

NHS consults nurses in England about consistency of uniform design

Analysis

Staying cool and comfortable at work: the challenges of PPE

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

Perplexing presentations: how to act on fabricated or induced illness

Guidance for nurses on identifying and safeguarding children at risk

COVID-19 and mental health: how nurses can support children and young people

Pandemic has created a toxic environment in some families and this will affect children

Caring for trans and non-binary people: overcoming the fear of ‘getting it wrong’

How to address inequitable treatment and improve communication with patients

Redeployed in emergency care: anxiety and dread in one 12-hour shift

The RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 describes a day on the front line in the COVID-19 second wave

New strain of COVID-19

How will the new strain of COVID-19 affect children and young people?

What it means for children’s services, vaccinations and the advice nurses should give parents

Clinical update

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Chronic pain management in children and young people

New guidelines focus on physical, psychological and pharmacological interventions

Looked after children: a framework for better outcomes

Revised guidance details roles and competencies required of healthcare staff

Managing aerosol generating procedures in school for children with complex medical needs

Updated guidance covers children with a tracheostomy or respiratory difficulties

Menopause symptoms and period pain: identify women’s health conditions with confidence

Updated RCN resource also includes information on pregnancy, continence and sexual health

Faltering growth: signs, symptoms and guidance on improving care

Guidance sets out standards on slower rate of weight gain for babies and preschool children

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Preparing to Prescribe toolkit: becoming a non-medical prescriber

Updated online resource is a step-by-step guide for nurses considering a prescribing course

Policy briefing

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Guidance on school nursing during the pandemic

Advice on how school nursing services in England can operate during imposed restrictions

Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

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Long-term ventilation: best practice in caring for children and young people

Concerns about standards of care with long-term ventilation reviewed by NCEPOD

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Interventions to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people

Public Health England focuses on promoting critical importance of mental health

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Safeguarding partners: what children’s nurses need to know

How will the new safeguarding partners differ from local safeguarding children’s boards?

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A national accident prevention strategy for England

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents calls for preventive action across the ages

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Measles

Link between measles and airflow obstruction

Childhood measles can affect post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in later life

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Young children do not learn from watching videos on smartphones

Study shows that children respond to videos on smartphone screens but do not benefit educationally

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Mothers caring for children with cancer need greater financial support

Study finds women parenting children with cancer have lower incomes than those with children who do not

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Asthma: protein from parasitic worms suppresses allergic reactions

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh who tested the Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) on mice hope findings will lead to using the protein as the basis for the treatment of asthma

Cannabis

Epileptic seizures in children halved when using natural compounds found in cannabis –...

Findings follows 36 studies of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of children and adults who have a rare form of epilepsy

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Chronic lymphcytic leukaemia: Improving treatment and support for patients

This feature has been funded by Janssen UK and written on the company’s behalf by M&F Health, based on an interview with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Karen Stanley.

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Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Luke Pybus

Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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