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Should qualifications be based on competency not clinical hours?

University Alliance suggests nursing students should be allowed to qualify on competency

Brass nameplate on NMC building

Nurse who ran slimming clinics struck off for catalogue of errors

Regulator finds lapses including failure to calibrate scales used to weigh patients

Line of nurses on strike in RCN pay dispute hold protest banner outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

NHS pay dispute: your concise guide to what’s on offer to staff around the UK

Find out who is on strike, who is not, who could be soon – and why

Nurse gently touches arm of woman who is having chemotherapy infusion

Do you care for people with cancer and want to expand your career?

New cancer education and skills framework aims to develop nursing staff at all levels

Striking nurses outside Royal Preston Hospital today 

Nurses’ strike live: walkouts enter their sixth day

Staff begin further day of action in bid to put pressure on ministers over NHS pay talks

Watch: see chants and support for nurses on picket lines

Nurses are receiving plenty of help from TV doctors, brass sections and more

Analysis

Why are nurses more likely to be bullied than other NHS staff?

Advice for staff when faced with a toxic culture that poses a risk to them and patient care

Pain management: where to start and when to use assessment tools

How to improve your skills and confidence in managing patients’ pain

Bias in NMC referrals: which nurses are most at risk of baseless claims?

Steps to end the clear bias in complaints against black and Asian nurses

Deterioration: spotting the signs and escalating care on a pressured shift

Tools and advice to help teams ensure patients are monitored effectively

Fobbed off and undermined: the racist attitudes obstructing careers

How to combat the recruitment bias that holds back many black and Asian nurses

Calling in sick: do fear and guilt stop you from taking time off when you’re ill?

Advice if you are worried about sickness policies, or leaving colleagues in the lurch

Clinical update

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

Long-COVID: what it means and how to manage the longer-term effects

Advice from NICE on how to care for patients with ongoing symptoms of the virus

Human trafficking and modern slavery: how nurses can support victims

What to look for, how to help – and what not to do if you if you suspect a patient is at risk

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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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Infection control and the coronavirus

COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

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Coronavirus under the microscope

Novel coronavirus: how to spot suspected cases

New government guidance for nurses stresses importance of infection control measures

Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

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

Picture is abstract illustration showing three figures held within a hand. A guide on staff retention lists best practices, with suggestions including flexible working and pension options as well as support during menopause.

Guide sets out strategies for healthcare staff retention

Suggestions focus on flexible working and pension options, support during menopause

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

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