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Huge response to idea of relaxing English language requirements for overseas nurses

NMC has already received more than 31,000 submissions – a record for one of its consultations

NHS told to make better use of hospital passports to support patients

Passports support patients with communication difficulties and help flag them to nurses

Nurses in Wales prepare for ballot on industrial action after ‘insulting’ 4% pay offer

Welsh Government blames below-inflation increase on lack of funding from Westminster

Nurse shortages contributing to greatest ever workforce crisis

Persistent understaffing now a serious risk to staff and patients, says Commons report

12-month suspension for nurse who defrauded health board over bank shift payments

NMC hears that Emma Lavelle and colleague falsely claimed £1,504 for work not undertaken

COVID-19: autumn booster plan confirmed for front-line health and social care staff

As COVID-19 cases rise, the vaccination plan is extended to avoid extra pressure on NHS

Nurses overlooked in DHSC learning disability and autism plan, says RCN lead

Move to get people out of mental health hospitals fails to engage with specialist staff

Pay offer: nurses and unions react angrily, ballot on industrial action called

RCN urges members to ‘turn the tide on low pay’ in upcoming ballot amid dismay over pay offer

Reaching nurse recruitment target will still leave huge shortfall

NHS in England will still need thousands more nurses even if goal is achieved, report says

Nurse pay: unions slam government offer of 4% as ‘grave misstep’

Government misjudges mood of nursing staff as public support grows for industrial action

Nurses accuse government of ‘emotional blackmail’ after it refuses to fund fair pay deal

Health leaders say they may have to decide between wages increase or providing cancer care

Nurses expected to be offered 5% pay rise this week

NHS would need to help pay for the rise, but RCN warns 5% would be unacceptable to nurses

Heatwave: chief nurse insists nurses drink water on wards

Ruth May urges employers to ensure all care staff stay hydrated during shifts

Nurses’ views needed on proposed changes to education standards

NMC consultation looks at entry requirements, placements, and knowledge or skills criteria

Sharp fall in nursing degree applications ‘cause for concern’

RCN cites soaring inflation as number of mature students applying for courses drops

Calls to rethink plan to scrap health and social care BTEC amid growing staffing crisis

‘Reckless’ plan blocks pathway to nursing and deters potential recruits, warns NHS leader

Government votes to allow agency staff to cover work of striking nurses

Unions warn move will undermine patient safety and is damaging to nurses’ right to strike

Rape threats, predatory staff and daily misogynies: nurses reveal scale of abuse in NHS

Nurses use Survivors in Scrubs website to report sex-based power imbalances