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RCN Nursing Awards 2021: you now have more time to enter and celebrate nurses’ work

Deadline extended to 24 May – so ‘shout about what our magnificent profession has done’

DNACPR notices: what went wrong in the pandemic and the conversations that matter

Advance care planning is vital and nurses in all settings should be involved, experts say

district nurse talks to patient during a home visit, as QNI announces rise in specialist practitioner qualifications

District nursing: record year for uptake of specialist practitioner qualification

Growth in district nurse SPQ numbers enhances nurse leadership in the community

Google search window showing search ‘how to become a nurse UK’

Surge in Google searches about how to become a nurse

Search engine data suggest growing interest in nursing as a career since start of pandemic

Resuscitation guidelines update: advance care plans the focus, not DNACPR notices

Includes section on ethics and considerations during a pandemic or shortage of resources


GP surgery failed newly qualified nurse through ‘complete absence’ of training

NMC criticises employer for giving inexperienced nurse too much responsibility

Evidence and Practice

Overcoming challenges in community end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Overcoming challenges in community end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic

How nursing interventions can be adapted to ensure high standards of care are maintained

Understanding the principles of infection prevention and control

Understanding the principles of infection prevention and control

Learn how these principles can be applied during the COVID-19 pandemic

Leadership in a hospital

Understanding effective nurse leadership styles during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pros and cons of transactional, transformational and laissez-faire leadership styles

Enhancing the identification of anal incontinence in women of reproductive age

Improve your knowledge of its prevalence, symptoms and risk factors

Mental health assessment

Identifying people with deteriorating mental health using a mental state assessment

Read this article to understand the role of a mental state assessment

Understanding nurses’ responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity

Understanding nurses’ responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity

Empowering nurses to recognise and challenge discrimination


Nurse wearing a face mask walks away from a hospital building, looking downcast

How COVID-19 is affecting nurses’ mental health, and what to do about it

There are so many reasons to feel anxious about coronavirus, but help is out there

COVID-19 and acute kidney injury – do you know how to identify patients at risk?

AKI is linked to COVID-19, and the pandemic has affected both its incidence and demographics


Nurses’ time to shine: how to get started on your RCN Nursing Awards entry

Advice from winners, nominees and our chair of judges to help you celebrate your achievements

Hand hygiene: how can you be sure your workplace is getting it right?

Compliance is critical to patient safety, but monitoring it is far from straightforward

How to prevent inpatient falls: start by refusing to accept they’re inevitable

Falls should be seen as shocking, rather than normal hospital events

Podcasts for nurses: five of the best to keep you learning while you listen

Dip into our pick of podcasts on issues that affect your work and well-being


Dying and bereavement: what patients and families want at the end of life

Why workforce gaps and overstretched services remain the biggest hurdle to getting it right

Could coronavirus vaccination become compulsory for nurses?

Mandatory vaccination and the rights of individuals and employers


Nurses’ uniform: is it time to ditch the dress for good?

Lessons may be learned from the workwear experience of nurses in the pandemic


Nursing associates: how to turn challenges into learning opportunities

COVID-19 shaped so much of my training – and for the better, I hope

Volunteer vaccinators: a nursing role that’s about much more than just a jab in the arm

Nursing students explain why vaccine hubs are proving to be rich learning environments

When clinical placements don’t meet students’ learning needs

How a frailty service refined its programme and the benefits for students and supervisors


How to get your career back on track and feel inspired by nursing again

Advice to help you reassess your goals and get your nursing mojo back

Covid vaccination being given

How becoming a vaccinator helped heal me after nursing in ICU during the pandemic

Richly rewarding role in vaccination hub allows me to love nursing again

Overseas nurse recruitment: how to ease the transition for staff who are far from home

A nurturing approach from employers makes acclimatisation easier for new recruits