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Picture shows a model posing as a tired nurse in a hospital at night. Pressures facing nursing remain a particular concern and the health service is relying on unpaid overtime and the goodwill of the wider workforce, a report says.

NHS reliant on unpaid overtime and goodwill of staff, review body says

Pay Review Body says staff will struggle to cope unless changes are made

Smoking cessation session

Public health green paper published, but ‘buried’, says RCN

Plans include steps to tackle smoking, obesity and mental health issues

A nurse's hand holding a glass of water

Advice for nurses and employers as UK faces heatwave

RCN says staff must have time to rehydrate and take breaks in warm weather

Nurse walking down a hospital ward corridor

Sepsis: hospital admissions in England have more than doubled in three years

Commentators say figure could be due to rise in awareness of the condition

obese man consults clinician who is holding an 'eat well' leaflet

When and how to talk to a patient about their diet and lifestyle

Health promotion is an NMC requirement, but discussing weight can be difficult for nurses

Trainee nurses

£2m investment is set to boost learning disability nursing workforce

Health Education England will fund apprenticeships for 230 new specialist nurses

Evidence and Practice

Effective management of adult patients with asthma

Effective management of adult patients with asthma

Learn asthma control methods and how to reduce the risk of acute exacerbations

Role of nurses in promoting the skin health of older people in the community

Role of nurses in promoting the skin health of older people in the community

The age-associated changes that affect the skin, and what advice to give

Undertaking a person-centred assessment of patients with chronic wounds

Undertaking a person-centred assessment of patients with chronic wounds

How to identify and remove potential barriers to wound healing

Care of infants, children and adults with congenital heart disease

Care of infants, children and adults with congenital heart disease

Learn about treatment options and the importance of psychological support

Preventing foot complications in people with diabetes mellitus

Preventing foot complications in people with diabetes mellitus

Understand the causes, signs and symptoms, and how to assess foot health

Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff training

Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff training

How improving managers’ decision-making around training can enhance patient care

Features

girl and boy at workshop

Under the radar: why young carers are missing out on the support they need

A nurse-led initiative is challenging the lack of recognition often felt by child carers

Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling

Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling

Lack of investment in buildings and equipment has left nurses working in poor conditions

nurse on home visit to patient

Preventing readmission: the power of just one phone call or home visit from a nurse

Study found nurses’ timely post-discharge follow-up cut patients’ readmission risk

Neomi Bennett

Spotting patients’ need sparked my innovation

Nurse innovator Neomi Bennett explains how she developed her compression stockings idea

Alice Waddington, Emily Hesketh and Eve Kavanagh

Ensuring everyone has a voice: a communication tool for non-verbal patients

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource

Govan Men's Shed

How a shed became a sanctuary for a community of men who felt ‘left behind’

Our 2019 Patient’s Choice Award winner created a haven for men facing social isolation

Opinion

Funding

NHS funding boost has failed to address workforce decline

Despite the £20 billion pledge, trusts are still playing catch up due to previous cuts

Multidisciplinary team meeting. Photo: Science Photo Library

Being diagnosed with cancer was like being let in on a secret

After being told she has a rare tumour, nurse Bethann Siviter turns to Google for answers

Stressed

Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost

Students

Young obese man lies on the sofa playing computer games

Identifying a common interest allowed me to engage with a young service user

Our shared love of gaming gave me an opportunity to offer person-centred care

Jessica Fichardo in Peru

Don’t underestimate the experience you’ll gain on a placement abroad

An elective placement in Peru challenged my perceptions of nursing practice – and myself

Simulation gives students a short-cut to confidence

Simulation of emergencies requiring clinical decisions is instilling confidence in students

Careers

Neonatal nurse on premature baby unit. Services are facing a nurse staffing crisis

Neonatal care: why it’s a rewarding career, whatever your nursing background

Services for sick babies can offer opportunities for adult nurses keen for a fresh direction

executive balls with happy face and frowning faces

Resilience: the knack of bouncing back from the bad days

Sometimes you need to focus on what gives you the boost in confidence you need

Group of retirement-aged women. Photo: iStock

NHS Retirement Fellowship rebrands to boost awareness

The group for retired NHS workers is looking to expand its membership

Jobs