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Photo of nursing students in a lecture, illustrating story about declining student numbers

Nursing student numbers: degree places ‘getting harder to fill’

University says it cannot meet national targets and had to scrap mental health intake

A tribunal panel looks as documents, with witness facing them across a table. A nurse with Chron’s disease won a tribunal after NHS employer reneged on reasonable adjustments

Compensation for charge nurse told she had to stop solely working night shifts

Managers rowed back on reasonable adjustments that helped her manage a chronic condition

Close-up of the face of a woman who is holding up her hand with fingers spread in a protective gesture

Sexual harassment faced by hundreds of NHS staff goes unreported

Incidents include being touched or asked for sex, but half those affected don’t raise it

Photo of RCN general secretary Pat Cullen, illustrating story about RCN's response to government proposals on nurse pay

Nurses should get £35k starting salary, government told

RCN head Pat Cullen wants overhaul of pay bandings and improvements to nurse career pathway

A nurse sitting at a table and making notes while using a calculator that is on top of a pile of documents, as if checking a payslip

Common payroll issues: how to keep track and resolve errors

Pay can fluctuate and it is important to report discrepancies – including overpayments

Nursing staff from York Hospital in North Yorkshire on the hospital picket line during the RCN strike in May last year

Separate pay spine for nurses: decision draws a step closer

Nurses urged to air views on pay as government consultation closes at midnight

Evidence and Practice

 Perceptions of the use of terms of endearment among older adults in an assisted living facility

The use of terms of endearment among older adults in an assisted living facility

Perceptions of elderspeak vary so they should be based on the preferences of the older adult

Risk management and decision-making in dementia care

Risk management and decision-making in dementia care

Encouraging a proactive and person-centred approach to risk assessment and management

Using therapeutic lies – an ethical challenge for nurses when caring for people with dementia

Using therapeutic lies – an ethical challenge for nurses

White lies' can be useful when caring for people with dementia, but is it ethical to...

Exploring whether a diagnosis of severe frailty prompts advance care planning and end of life care conversations

Severe frailty diagnosis: advance care planning and end of life care conversations

People with severe frailty may be disadvantaged in terms of receiving appropriate end of...

Exploring the professional nurse advocate role and restorative clinical supervision

Exploring the professional nurse advocate role and restorative clinical supervision

The role aims to provide clinical, educational and well-being support to nurses

Supporting shared decision-making in medicines use with people living with dementia and their carers

Supporting shared decision-making in medicines use with people living with dementia

Shared decision-making may help support people to make informed decisions about their...

Features

 Nurse behind seated patient stoops slightly and has her hands on his shoulders to express warmth and reassurance. Touch is a powerful way to show compassion in nursing

Using touch to show compassion: how to tailor non-verbal communication to the...

Judging when it’s appropriate to touch a patient or relative – and when it’s not

Bad manager

How to handle a bullying, weak or incompetent boss

Tips on initiating constructive conversations and where to seek support over poor leadership

A nurse in scrubs is frowning and hunching her shoulders in a sign of distress

Under excess pressure? The emotional signs of stress and how to deal with them

Tips for identifying worrying signs and supporting yourself and colleagues

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

An illustration showing a smiling nurse in uniform standing in front of a crowd, represented by several sets of hands raised high and clapping

Daunted by public speaking? Tips to take you from nervous to confident

Nurse experts share their advice on how to prepare well and engage an audience

Opinion

Glass dishes in two rows containing food that would constitute nutritious meals nurses to sustain nurses at work. There is thyme and yoghurt dress, chicken breast, couscous, cucumber, carrot, chickpeas and boiled eggs

5 healthy meals tips: how to pack a lunchbox to look forward to on busy shifts

Time and money-saving advice on eating and drinking well while at work

Close-up image of two hands, as a nurse in uniform sits at the bedside of a dying patient in hospital, holding their hand

When a patient is dying: nurses’ role in the hours before and after death

Recognising when death is near, verifying death and providing compassionate care

A nurse appears apprehensive while being questioned by a senior nurse

Can difficult personal circumstances excuse mistakes at work?

We ask our readers if factors outside of work should be considered relevant

Students

A patient, seen from behind, talks in confidence to a nurse in uniform who is holding a clipboard

Is it ever okay to breach patient confidentiality as a nurse?

Advice for students on whether disclosing information is permitted in any circumstance

A nursing student smiles as she sits next to a resident in a care home while on placement

How to secure your dream job in your favourite placement setting

Showing a passion for the nursing specialty and telling managers what you want will help

Patient consent

Navigating patient consent: tips for nursing students

Practical advice on the fundamentals of consent and determining capacity

Careers

A female lecturer stands at the front of a lecture theatre teaching nursing students

From NHS nurse to lecturer: making the transition to education

What I’ve learned moving from an NHS role to academia, and the skills you need

Image shows a nurse walking along a winding path in the direction of an arrow pointing to ‘ACP’. The path is flanked by other clinicians

A day in the life of an advanced clinical practitioner

An ACP has advice on how to make the move into advanced practice

Three young woman huddle together, all looking at their phones. Social media can effective in advertising nurse vacancies

Social media recruitment: how you can turbo-charge interest in vacancies where you work

TikTok and other platforms are proving to be powerful tools for filling nurse roles

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