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Mini-budget: ‘Billions to bankers and nothing to nurses’

Nursing unions question government’s priorities as mini-budget rewards high earners

‘No value for nurses’ – reaction to health secretary’s NHS plan

RCN Congress chair criticises Thérèse Coffey’s plans to get NHS through difficult winter

NMC to consider proposed changes to English language requirements for overseas nurses

Plan to revamp language tests would make it easier for overseas staff to register in the UK

‘Panicked and ill-considered’ NHS plan draws fire from unions

Critics say Thérèse Coffey’s plan calls for volunteers but fails to address staff shortages

Call for urgent social care funding as NHS faces winter ‘health emergency’

NHS warning that social care will impact emergency care as patients cannot be discharged

Northern Ireland nurse picket line in 2020

Unions challenge legality of government's new strike rules

Rules allow employers to use bank and agency staff to cover nursing shifts during strikes

Evidence and Practice

Exploring nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Exploring nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Identifying strengths and gaps in nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Open access
Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes

Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes

Person-centred interventions to improve food and drink intake of older people with dementia

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

PCT may be beneficial in identifying and treating bacterial infections in older people

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Learn about techniques that you can use to be more ‘present’ with people with dementia

How can person-centred strategies improve dementia care?

An empathetic approach to care can help people with dementia retain a sense of self

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Identify interventions you could use in your practice to prevent and manage pressure ulcers

Features

Nurse well-being: practical support for your own and colleagues’ mental health

Advice and help as workplace pressures and the cost-of-living crisis hit home

The therapeutic relationship: how rapport with patients aids shared decision-making

In an overstretched NHS, the nurse-patient relationship is more important than ever

Nursing older people

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

Opinion

Dementia and hospital pad culture: an argument for a more humane approach

Hospital continence routines symbolise dementia care at the cost of independence and dignity

Menopause at work: what if employers were required to make reasonable adjustments?

The workplace changes that could help nurses cope with debilitating symptoms

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Rejecting the burden myth: why we must reframe society’s view of older people’s care

Specialty needs greater recognition to allow nurses to improve care for this complex cohort

Students

A guide to infection prevention and control: what nursing students need to know

Protecting patients and staff from infection is a fundamental part of care

What is breakaway training and why do nursing students need it?

Helping students anticipate and escape volatile situations with patients

Opioids: when should you use them and what are the risks for patients?

The medications are used for managing acute pain but can cause side effects and addiction

Careers

Diversity in senior roles: a programme for aspiring black and minority ethnic leaders

How an NHS England Midlands scheme aims to improve representation and support staff

When the pressure is too much: how to recognise and seek help for burnout

An RCN Nurse of the Year describes her struggle to prioritise her well-being

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Well-being support and advice for you: what’s on at RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair

Health and well-being and leadership will be the themes at the upcoming London careers fair

Jobs