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Picture shows a figure placing a vote in a ballot box, with the Scottish flag in the background

Nurses in Scotland urged to reject 5% pay offer in ballot

Offer fails to recognise safety-critical role of nursing and soaring cost of living, says RCN

Bullying in the NHS: steep rise in complaints about managers and other colleagues

Staff need to know concerns will be taken seriously as employers insist they’re doing more

Relief for Northern Ireland community nurses as temporary increased mileage rates agreed

Health minister Robin Swann announces an increased allowance to be reviewed in six months

A young nurse hold a hand to her mouth while yawning

Nurses laugh off expert advice to take a power nap during night shifts

Fatigue expert recommends a nap to stay vigilant but nurses say it wouldn’t be allowed

Incontinence pants

Patients with dementia left in pads, even when not incontinent, study finds

Staff report routine use of incontinence measures due to overstretched resources

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A nurse supervising a patient who has difficulty swallowing

Dysphagia: what nurses need to know to care for patients

Our latest podcast explores dysphagia, or difficulty in eating, drinking and swallowing

Evidence and Practice

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Learn about some measures that could support nurses to implement high-quality oral care

Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Estimating cost of a music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Individualised music listening has been shown to reduce agitation and improve mood

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during COVID-19

Nurses need to be mindful of potential post-pandemic deconditioning in older people

How do I use the 4AT tool for delirium?

Delirium is time-critical, but can be identified with a simple bedside test

‘Guiding Lights for effective workplace cultures’: enhancing the care environment for staff and patients in older people’s care settings

‘Guiding Lights for effective workplace cultures’

Enhancing the care environment for staff and patients in older people’s care settings

Diagnosing, managing and preventing urinary tract infections in older people with dementia in hospital

Diagnosing, managing and preventing UTIs in older people with dementia in hospital

Urinary tract infections are common in older people but frequently complicated to diagnose

Features

Why I chose older people’s nursing and find it so rewarding

Five nurses reflect on why they enjoy their work and what continues to inspire them

Integrated care systems: why they’re going to matter to you (if they don’t already)

A seamless health and care system sounds like the perfect plan – but will ICSs work?

Bowel cancer care: a day in the life of colorectal oncology nursing teams

The highs and lows of the roles as COVID pressures continue and teams tackle the backlog

What inspired me to become a nurse – and why I choose to stay

Nurses reflect on their route into the profession and what keeps them motivated

How to reduce falls in older people in care homes

Guide to Action for Care Homes has proven effective while not reducing residents’ activity

Remote assessments for physical conditions: how to get the most from video calls

Virtual consultations can transform care, and there are tools to help with tech and skills

Opinion

More money for care homes is welcome, but falls well short of what is needed

Uplift to care home nursing contribution will not make up for years of financial neglect

If a patient leaves me money in their will, would I be allowed to keep it?

What any nurse should consider before deciding whether to accept or decline money or gifts

Burnout from COVID-19 emerges as a factor when nurses decide to quit the profession

What are the implications of this pandemic push factor for the UK workforce?

Students

Clinical placement in a research and development team: what a nursing student can expect

Seeing clinical trials up close shows how medical ethics work in a real-world setting

How a practice education facilitator can help you get the most out of your placement

The role supports students in clinical practice and ensures NMC standards are met

Student placement

What is supernumerary status and why does it need protecting?

With placements disrupted by the pandemic, some view students’ special status as under threat

Careers

My first time in charge of a ward: what it taught me about delegation and leadership

Being in charge can seem daunting but go for it if you get the chance – and here’s why

Non-medical prescribing preceptorship: boosting your confidence to practise autonomously

How nurse prescribers are getting the support they need to grow into their role

Why career progression is a steeper climb for nurses trained overseas

Foreign nurses can find it harder to win promotion in the NHS – and that’s got to change

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