Illustration showing two nursing team members in uniform standing pointing at a huge shift roster, as if discussing filling or swapping shifts

Unsocial shifts and rotas: what’s your breaking point?

Nurses are flexible but there has to be give and take if the NHS is to boost retention

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

Car park pay machine and pay-and-display signs in a hospital car park – hospital nurses face charges and fines for parking at work

Hospital car parking: who exactly is making a profit from all those charges and fines?

Using staff as cash cows if they drive to work shows how far goodwill has fallen in the NHS

Cruel curbs on migrant care workers’ lives are at odds with British values

Rules to stop overseas staff bringing family are also risky for the care sector and NHS

A nurse makes notes on a chart while looking at a medical monitor attached to an infant’s bed

PEWS could be a great leap forward as long as you have the staff to use it

New initiatives are to be welcomed, but investment in children’s nursing is a priority

How to help families discuss organ donation with children

Patients may find it difficult to talk about with loved ones – this book could help

How my disability made me a better, braver nurse

As nurses we can use our own experiences as patients to enhance person-centred care

A young boy smiles and hugs a teddy bear while being pushed in a wheelchair along a hospital corridor by a smiling nurse

How nurse-led change on a children’s day surgery unit reduced the wait for discharge

Nurses in a new day surgery unit successfully introduced criteria-led discharges

Patient’s clinical negligence complaint left me broken and isolated by misplaced shame

Accusation blighted my life – but here’s how I survived, and you could too

A nurse talks to a mother sitting on the edge of her child’s hospital bed while the father, seated on the other side of the bed, holds his daughter’s hand

Why we mustn't overlook dads caring for children with complex needs

Greater information about fathers’ needs would enable services to address them

Bullying in the NHS: more than just a few bad apples

System-wide change is needed so nurses can be confident reports will be dealt with

Tourette’s syndrome: how diagnosis has affected my career, and the support staff need

What happened when nurse Jonathan Bader began experiencing tics in his thirties

Flu jab uptake: why emotional blackmail and the promise of a lollipop didn’t sway me

Staff need to know they won’t feel pressure to keep working if they develop side effects

Martha’s rule: what it is – and how it can help you advocate for patients and families

The right to a second opinion could empower nurses working in hierarchical environments

Nurses thinking of leaving: is lack of leadership partly to blame?

Ineffective leadership is often behind reasons for leaving, such as bullying or stress

5 simple ways to be a greener nurse – small climate-conscious changes you can make

These easy adjustments to your routine could save energy and cut emissions

Misplaced perceptions of stammering – and how to improve communication

Pity and impatience are unhelpful. Here’s what nurses need to know instead