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A close up of a nursing associate in an NHS uniform

Nursing apprenticeships and associates: are the programmes fit for purpose?

Lost levy funds and restricted access to training have prompted calls for reform

Wowcher webpage showing nurse prescribing course offered for £9

Online learning sites offer ‘nurse prescribing course’ from £9

Course can be taken by anyone aged 16 or over and appears to offer no assessment

Illustration showing a figure in black on a blue background standing in the middle of a row of giant dominoes, with one arm outstretched to prevent the dominoes to the left falling, suggesting falls prevention

Preventing and managing falls in older people: how can I provide evidence-based care?

Falls can be catastrophic, but small changes can make a difference

Close-up image of Labour MP Wes Streeting, shadow health and social care secretary, with the Nursing Standard podcast icon in blue and red in the top corner of the image

NHS staff goodwill is exhausted, Wes Streeting tells podcast

Shadow health and social care secretary discusses Labour’s plans for nurse staffing levels

Cupped hand holds two tablets, illustrating case of nurse suspended after stealing paracetamol from ward

Nurse suspended from register for stealing paracetamol from ward’s supplies for own use

It was common for staff to use ward paracetamol – I thought it was allowed, nurse told NMC

Aerial photograph of the now-closed Cawston Park Hospital, where inspectors found consistent failures

Nurse who failed to attempt CPR told she must not be in charge of a shift for 12 months

NMC ruled registrant failed to show leadership in an emergency and must retake training

Evidence and Practice

Capturing patient feedback to improve healthcare services

Capturing patient feedback to improve healthcare services

Strategies for gathering feedback and how to use it in quality improvement projects


Recognising and responding to non-fatal strangulation in domestic abuse

Understand the nurse’s responsibility to initiate safeguarding and protection procedures

Open access
Examining how early experiences in oncology settings influence nurses’ career decisions

Examining how early experiences in oncology settings influence nurses’ career decisions

Recognise the factors that can affect nurses’ recruitment and retention in cancer services

End of life care

End of life care: how nurses can use a compassionate approach

Considering each person’s symptoms and concerns through the lens of compassion

Remote prescribing consultations: exploring the principles of effective practice

Remote prescribing consultations: exploring the principles of effective practice

How you could enhance the use of remote consultations in your nursing specialty

Nurse independent prescribing: exploring the opportunities and challenges

Nurse independent prescribing: exploring the opportunities and challenges

Identify the benefits and barriers to increasing the number of nurse independent prescribers


 Nurse behind seated patient stoops slightly and has her hands on his shoulders to express warmth and reassurance. Touch is a powerful way to show compassion in nursing

Using touch to show compassion: tailoring non-verbal communication to the individual

Judging when it’s appropriate to touch a patient or relative – and when it’s not

Bad manager

How to handle a bullying, weak or incompetent boss

Tips on initiating constructive conversations and where to seek support over poor leadership

A nurse in scrubs is frowning and hunching her shoulders in a sign of distress

Under excess pressure? The emotional signs of stress and how to deal with them

Tips for identifying worrying signs and supporting yourself and colleagues

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

An illustration showing a smiling nurse in uniform standing in front of a crowd, represented by several sets of hands raised high and clapping

Daunted by public speaking? Tips to take you from nervous to confident

Nurse experts share their advice on how to prepare well and engage an audience


Image of a figure depicting a nurse carrying a large structure designed like a DNA double helix

How genomics is changing patient care and what you need to know

Already used in many areas of nursing, it can offer patients more individualised treatment

Illustration of nurses’ general election voting decisions show ballot papers flying down into a ballot box marked ‘NHS’

Why this general election matters to every nurse in the UK

Whether you have an appetite for politics or not, your vote on July 4 counts

A stoma bag is positioned on a patient’s abdomen by gloved hands

Stoma care: tips on how to support patients, dispel myths and banish stigma

Practical advice on nursing care and addressing individuals’ lifestyle concerns


A nursing student holds an otoscope to the ear of a manikin as her trainer looks on

From catheterisation to cannulation: how to hone your clinical skills

What nursing students can expect in a simulated clinical skills session

A female student looks downcast and worried as she walks alone outside of a university building while other students chat in the background, suggesting a nursing student who is isolated or struggling with their mental well-being

Support for students: what to do if you’re struggling with your mental health

Advice on how to seek help and strategies for coping with stress

Two nurses, one holding a reference book and the other a bottle of medicine, consult a display board in a ward setting

What does ‘prescriber-ready’ mean for nursing students?

And why not everyone will be ready for a prescribing course as soon as they register


A woman sits at a desk with a laptop in front of her, looking thoughtful as she reads what is on the screen, as if preparing a supporting statement for a job application

Job applications: how to write a strong supporting statement

Advice on showcasing your skills to secure an interview

Clinical staff in a prison hospital setting. They are working in a dark corridor,

From emergency decisions to primary care – what my prison nurse role involves

A newly registered nurse on what drew her to the role and what she’s learned so far

Image of a nurse holding a large arrow and pointing to a target as she runs up a flight of steps, as if planning her future career moves

Should you have a five-year career plan?

How networking, mentors and social media can help you set and reach your goals