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Glove use: the COVID-19-driven habit we need to break

The pandemic has blurred understanding of guidance, so it’s time we were clear on the basics

Health visiting: why heartbreaking lockdown stories make a powerful case for change

Resources need to be put where the pandemic’s effect on vital services has been most damaging

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?

Why hospital disability coordinator should be a must-have role

The role could provide a vital link between hospital and community, and free up nursing time

Free school meals: nurses cannot remain silent on child food poverty

We see the impact a lack of food has on the poorest families

Expert advice

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NHS pay rise: what you need to know and what happens next

Quick guide to the 2021-22 pay round – wherever you are in the UK

Long-COVID and children: what you need to know and the dedicated support on offer

Some children with mild illness are still struggling with persistent symptoms for months

Children’s respiratory illnesses: why are emergency department attendances on the rise?

With lockdown easing, hospitals report a surge in presentations usually seen in winter

Culturally sensitive nursing care: how to understand and meet all patients’ needs

Nurses enhance patients’ care experience when they take steps to bridge cultural gaps

Sharps injuries: what nurses need to know about the risks

Training is needed to reduce avoidable injuries and minimise infection risks

Compassion fatigue: how to know if you have it and how to support team members

What to do when the emotional and physical toll of caring reduces your ability to empathise

Editorial

Will – and should – children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

There’s no consensus on vaccinating children but school nurses will be key

Could it be you? Entries invited for the RCN Nursing Awards’ child health category

Entries for the 2021 RCN Nursing Awards are now open

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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

COVID-19: when will we return to some sort of normality?

A potential end to the pandemic is in sight, but tired nurses still face daily uncertainties

How school nurses rose to the challenge of the COVID-19 front line

Children have not felt the impact of the pandemic as older people have, but are still affected by food poverty, safeguarding and the struggle to provide schooling

Free

COVID-19: are children’s nurses prepared for a second wave?

As young people return to education, we must be ready for a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic

Your views

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Rachel Black: Turning up the volume on children’s palliative care

This week is Children’s Hospice Week. Noah's Ark Children's Hospice director of care Rachel Black explains how the Together for Short Lives charity, along with local services across the country, are aiming to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and the services they and their families rely on.

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Poems in nursing

The benefits of scribbling a short poem

Prioritise safety & quality over accessibility

Readers' panel: Should service planners always prioritise safety and quality over...

NHS England has told three major hospitals – in London, Manchester and Leicester – to stop performing complex cardiac surgery on people born with congenital heart problems. The move is designed to improve standards and outcomes, but some parents of young patients have said they will be unable to cope with travelling long distances to another unit for treatment. Nursing Standard readers' panelists have their say on this controversial decision.

Reviews

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Book review: From Birth to Sixteen

Senior lecturer Alyson Davies reviews an account of the social context of child development

Goodbye Daisy

Book review: Goodbye Daisy

A storybook about dealing with grief for children with special educational needs

Childhood obesity

Book review: Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches

Community nursing reference guide on nutrition and childhood obesity

Great Ormond Street Handbook

Book review: Great Ormond Street Handbook of Paediatrics

Illustrative guide aimed at all healthcare professionals caring for children and young people

MentalHealth

Book review: Mental Health in Children and Young People

Senior lecturer Dean-David Holyoake reviews Mental Health in Children and Young People

ClinicalPocket

Book review: Clinical Pocket Reference: Nursing Care of Children and Young People

Nurse adviser Doreen Crawford reviews Nursing Care of Children and Young People

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