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Nurses choose to live apart from families during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses offered alternative housing to safeguard loved ones

Some front-line staff are making the difficult decision to move out during the crisis

Picture shows an older woman talking to a nurse. More than 7,000 former nurses and midwives signed up for the COVID-19 emergency register within hours of it being opened by the NMC.

COVID-19: thousands join NMC emergency register

Thousands respond to call to return to work and help NHS colleagues tackle the epidemic

COVID-19 briefing

COVID-19: your daily briefing

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic, including news and advice for healthcare staff

Older Nurse

COVID-19 emergency register for nurses: how it will work in practice

UPDATED Final-year nursing students and ex-registrants to be deployed to boost the workforce

Wembley Stadium lit up blue

COVID-19: UK public applaud NHS staff – while landmarks turn blue

Joint events staged because ‘they need to know we are grateful’

Self-isolating woman

COVID-19: diary of a nurse in self-isolation

A nurse lecturer’s personal account of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on her family

Evidence and Practice

Assessing the effect of physical activity and exercise on nurses’ well-being

Assessing the effect of physical activity and exercise on nurses’ well-being

Recognise how a nurse’s physical activity levels can affect their work performance


COVID-19 clinical resource for the temporary register

A free clinical resource for nurses and student nurses on the COVID-19 temporary register

COVID-19 clinical resource for nurses

COVID-19 clinical resource for nurses

Free clinical articles and learning modules for nurses and frontline NHS staff

Understanding the standard of care required by nurses

Understanding the standard of care required of nurses

What you need to know to maintain safe and effective delivery of care to patients

Role of the nurse in the assessment and management of post-operative pain

Role of the nurse in the assessment and management of post-operative pain

Learn how to manage this common and unavoidable consequence of surgery

Responding to people who are experiencing spiritual pain

Responding to people who are experiencing spiritual pain

Be aware of this often hidden or overlooked type of pain among patients


Healthcare professionals should be up to speed with the value of physical activity. Picture: Neil O'Connor

Why exercise is needed now more than ever, by nurses as well as patients

Clinical physical activity champions are inspiring healthcare workers to stay healthy

Trainee nursing associates who were among the first to qualify for the role discussed their experiences of training and on the wards

What it’s like training as a nursing associate

Recruits to the newest role in UK nursing reveal their experiences in a new study

Operation Smile nurse Clark Agno-Gonzales treats a child held by a woman in Cebu, Thailand

Nurse volunteers: Why I’m proud to be part of charity’s first-ever all-female mission

Meet the NHS staff nurse enhancing her skills while helping to transform children’s lives

Occupational therapist Anna Tilney takes tea with a patient, who is dressed in his day clothes

How to make a ward day room a place where patient outcomes are transformed

A nurse’s vision is combatting deconditioning and supporting early discharge

illustration shows nurses climbing up the side of a mountain to reach the summit

Moving up: a clear career pathway retains great staff and makes recruitment easier

How one trust taps the potential of long-serving as well as new nursing staff

The intern team: (from left) chief nurse Kathryn Halford, recruitment nurse and senior lead intern Beverley Sawer, intern (junior doctors and nursing) Taz Ebenezer, senior intern (AHPs) Sarah Davies, and intern (nursing) Anne Honey

Supporting Gen Y and Z: what it takes to retain newly qualified nurses

How a team of senior nurses is helping newer recruits thrive – and improving retention


COVID-19 emergency teams

COVID-19: amid fear and anxiety, we must look after each other

An emergency nurse’s experience of coping with the constantly evolving coronavirus crisis

Illustration of a man holding an umbrella which is protecting him from falling arrows. Indemnity insurance is a way to protect yourself against a legal liability or loss. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: the importance of professional indemnity

What the Coronavirus Act 2020 means for those joining the NHS on the temporary register

An older lady sitting on a hospital bed. Picture: iStock

Pain management in older people: the changes you can make to improve quality of life

Addressing patient needs starts with thorough pain assessment – here’s what you need to know


nursing student on community placement

My first placement: it can be daunting, but a rich learning experience too

A first-year nursing student on what makes a rewarding clinical placement

MeToo Standing together to fight sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is not ‘just part of the job’

Nursing students should be given more support when dealing with sexual comments from patients

Illustration of self-care

Don’t neglect your mental health – it’s time to be kind to yourself

Nurse training can take its toll, so learn techniques to improve your mood and performance


Nurses following a doctor into a hospital room with a patient. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: working within the limits of your competence

How to ensure you work at your own skill level, even in exceptional circumstances

Peer support after trauma

Trauma Risk Management – the peer-led programme that prioritises nurses’ well-being

TRiM is an early intervention programme that helps nurses cope after traumatic incidents

head of mental health nursing for NHS England and NHS Improvement Emma Wadey

The nurse leader who is determined to keep one foot on the front line of care

Emma Wadey is a nurse at the top of the NHS, but don’t ask her to give up clinical practice