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RCN Scotland members protesting over pay and staffing, illustrating story about benefits for nurses under pay agreement

Shorter working week for NHS nurses in Scotland

Nursing staff on Agenda for Change contracts can also request a review of their band 5 role

NMC headquarters brass plaque showing its name and logo. A nurse who looked up medical records with no legitimate reason was suspended by the regulator

Suspended: school nurse who looked up family’s medical records ‘out of curiosity’

Nurse, who had a history of similar misconduct, would need ‘serious’ supervision in future

Image from NHS trust's anti-violence campaign, featuring nurse Yvonne Ihekwoaba

Red card bans for abusive patients and relatives in hospitals

Essex trust’s campaign aims to protect staff as incidents of physical and verbal abuse rise

People sitting on rows of benches at the emergency department of the Royal Free Hospital in London

Fewer nurses in emergency departments linked to serious patient outcomes

Lower staffing levels mean long waits and patients leaving without being seen, study shows

Joanne Froggatt in the tv drama Breathtaking

Breathtaking: TV COVID drama ‘too real to watch’ for some nurses

ITV series described as authentic depiction of the trauma front-line nurses experienced

Photo of Martha Mills, who died from sepsis in 2021. Failures in her care inspired Martha's rule, which will be rolled out in April 2024.

Martha’s rule roll-out: how nurses will be involved

New rule gives patients and families access to urgent second opinion if concerned about care

Woman, whose head is seen from behind, faces an official panel of questioners. NMC's independent panels will investigate cases of suspended registration fraud

NMC register fraud investigations: nurses to face hearings soon

Panels will examine cases of people suspected of gaining fraudulent entry to UK register

Nurse Michelle Cox, who won a landmark racism tribunal and welcomes a new report on racism

NHS racism: staff fear being branded ‘troublemakers’ for raising race concerns

Nurse Michelle Cox says black and minority ethnic staff need to feel valued and included

Two nurses happily walk through hospital lobby. Study founds consitency in nurse rostering is good for staff morale

Shift patterns you can predict: is roster consistency important for work-life balance?

Sensitively spaced days off boost morale, but views are split on length of shifts – study

Photo of Berrywood Hospital, illustrating a story about nurse suspended from register for behaviour in the workplace

‘Bullying and intimidating’ nurse suspended from register

Mental health nurse Declan Carroll’s behaviour led to NMC fitness to practise panel verdict

Photo of general practice nurse with a patient, illustrating story about nurses' addition to a work scheme

Change for general practice nurses may address pay inequity

GPNs to be included in Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme

Nurses on picket line wave banners during their NHS pay strike

Next NHS pay award needs to be a decent one, union tells government

Start pay talks now if you want to avoid repeat of strike action, minister is urged

Lucy Letby renews her appeal against murder convictions

Three judges will decide whether to grant leave to appeal to former nurse

Cost-of-living struggles continue to push nurses to think of quitting the profession

Survey suggests many are in arrears with rent, mortgages and bills, and even skip meals

Write off nurses’ loans after ten years, says report

Call for nurses’ student debt averaging £48,000 to be forgiven if they stay in the NHS

More competency courses added for overseas nurses

Tests offered for mental health and children’s nurses, amid rising demand for staff

Flexible new nursing degree will support work-life balance

Part-time degree aims to enable those with experience in caring roles to enter nursing

Now restore nurses’ pay, union tells Northern Ireland’s leaders

RCN demands urgent action to give nurses and others parity with rest of UK

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