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A placard demanding fair pay for nurses displayed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster

RCN sets up strike fund over ‘pitiful’ 1% pay rise recommendation

Fund would support members involved in industrial action as unions prepare for pay talks

chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 11 Downing Street before heading to the Commons to deliver his budget

Unions label 1% nurse pay rise suggestion as 'insulting'

RCN accuses government of being dangerously out of touch with nursing staff and public

Picture of Margaret Waine, a healthcare assistant at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who has died from COVID-19

Healthcare assistant who worked at the same trust for 40 years dies of COVID-19

Margaret Waine remembered as a caring colleague known for tucking her patients in at night

Image from RCN’s #FairPayForNurses social media campaign day

NHS pay: nurses in bid to pile pre-Budget pressure on Chancellor

Staff on AfC terms use social media campaign to demand inflation-busting deal

New timetable announced for RCN presidential election after suspension

Nominations for leadership role open on 3 March

clinical team working in a pandemic situation requires innovative communication

NHS teamwork in the pandemic: how is it for you?

Study asks nurses how COVID-19 has affected the functioning of clinical teams

Analysis

How nutrition can help prevent and treat pressure ulcers

A balanced diet and good hydration are vital for patients to maintain robust and healthy skin

Picture shows a woman taking a vitamin D supplement. As autumn/winter approaches many people will need to top up their levels of vitamin D levels and nurses can play a key role in advising on this

Why nurses need to talk about vitamin D with their patients

Shorter days and lockdown mean many people need a vitamin D top-up to stay healthy

COVID-19 cardiac complications: counting the long-term cost

The virus has been linked to heart damage, but has also disrupted care across the specialty

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out: what you need to know

Nurses are playing a leading role in the mass vaccination programme

During the pandemic care home nurses have proven there is more than one front line

In a changed world, care home nurses have shown that they have the skills to care for people with multiple and complex needs

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: what to say to allay patients’ concerns

Not everyone trusts the coronavirus vaccine – but advice from nurses can change minds

Clinical update

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

Online repeat prescriptions: advice on how to order for care home residents

Information on setting up secure proxy access for care home staff for repeat prescriptions

Menopause symptoms and period pain: identify women’s health conditions with confidence

Updated RCN resource also includes information on pregnancy, continence and sexual health

Guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19

DHSC states that providers should enable indoor visits where the visitor has tested negative

Prescribing

Preparing to Prescribe toolkit: becoming a non-medical prescriber

Updated online resource is a step-by-step guide for nurses considering a prescribing course

Diagnosis of respiratory symptoms

New guidance offers pragmatic advice on the safest approach during the pandemic

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

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COVID-19: how to make PPE less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Public Health England has issued guidance for staff in care homes

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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 shows an older couple, the woman appearing confused and a nurse looking at her. Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document.

Personalised care for people with dementia

Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document

Care home medication management

Care home charter aims to improve medicines management

The Patients Association charter promotes shared decision-making

Bowel cancer

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

Research news

Picture shows a 3D illustration of herpes viruses and antibodies. Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Vital role for nurses in shingles vaccination uptake

Nurses play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine targeting people over 70

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Frailty

Care home nurses’ role in identifying frailty in older people

Ways in which healthcare professionals may be able to help and intervene

Astrocyte glial nerve cells

Could glial cells in the brain hold the key to curing Alzheimer’s?

Genetic studies show that multiple genes are involved with the development of the disease

Stomach acid reflux

Proton pump inhibitors should not be used for longer than necessary, study finds

Research compares death rates of people taking PPIs with those taking H2 blockers

Glucosamine may help prevent cardiovascular disease

Dietary supplement glucosamine may help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce mortality

Blood tests offer clue to dementia risk

Blood tests using biomarkers could be used to predict dementia risk

Exercise

Exercise counters functional decline of older people in hospital

Older people in hospital need an exercise programme to avoid discharge with a new disability

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Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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