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Nurse recruitment

Survey highlights nurse recruitment crisis in Scotland’s care homes

Respondents say NHS is attracting more staff due to better pay and conditions

NHS strategy targets diversity at senior manager level

Action plan says organisations should set targets for BME representation in leadership roles

Scottish parliament

Nursing and workforce spending to go up in Scotland

Scottish Government announces budget increase – but warns of challenges to come

Hospitals already at full capacity as winter sets in, RCN warns

Figures reveal hospital bed shortage even before severe winter temperatures set in, RCN says

Study aims to tell ‘real story of nursing’

Research will cover gender, working conditions and what attracts people to nursing

RCN plaque

RCN council elections: college announces winning candidates

Twelve positions around the UK were contested

Evidence and Practice

Supporting the carers of people with dementia

Supporting the carers of people with dementia

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your knowledge of the physical and emotional...

An overview of inflammatory bowel disease

An overview of inflammatory bowel disease

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your understanding of the symptoms, diagnosis...

Medicines management for people with dementia

Medicines management for people with dementia

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your understanding of the pharmacological...

Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury

Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury

Why you should read this article: • To identify the physical and psychological challenges...

Use of acupuncture in the management of pain

Use of acupuncture in the management of pain

Why you should read this article: • To recognise that patients experiencing chronic pain may...

Safe and effective management of analgesics in patients presenting to hospital with acute illness

Safe and effective management of analgesics in patients presenting to hospital with...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise that people presenting to hospital for non-...

Revalidation

Revalidation: getting your practice-related feedback right

It’s an essential part of revalidation, but gaining feedback can seem daunting.

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Our short film explains the revalidation process

‘This special team gives so much to families dealing with self-harm and suicide’

A mum explains how the Brookside Adolescent Inpatient team gave hope to her transgender son

Nurse of the Year ‘makes you feel there is someone there for you’

A tribute to the RCN Nurse of the Year 2018, Angela Hall, by her patient the Rev Mark Bond

‘My dedicated nurses inspired me to join the profession’

Student nurse award winner recalls two nurses who cared for her as she recovered from sepsis

Features

‘Many nurses don’t know what to say to someone in distress’

Catherine Hind’s project raises awareness about self-harm, suicide and distress

Hospital patient in bed looking at iPad

‘We value your feedback’: what patient experience really tells us

The emphasis on feedback from service users is relatively new, but central to improving care

Ruth Miller with several colleagues sat round a table

The training programme giving all health teams the skills to manage diabetes

With diabetes on the rise, one nurse has created a practical, customisable ten-point approach

Patients’ spiritual needs: the conversations that can help

This vital, but often daunting, area of care starts with talking about what matters to people

Handovers

How to make handovers more effective

Rethinking communication during handovers can improve patient safety and reduce staff stress

Sara Lister

Spiritual and psychological support: the nurse-led team helping people cope with cancer

Nurse counsellors lead the pastoral care services at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital

Opinion

An illustration of a woman standing between an angelic and demonic version of herself

Jane Bates: Don’t let the bad fairy handle patient complaints

Even with a well-run clinic schedule you can’t please everyone

Is it time to resist the idea support staff are part of the nurse shortage solution?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the impact of diluting the skill mix

‘Volunteer army’ is a valuable asset for the NHS

With the right support, volunteers play a complementary role in care, says Liz Charalambous

Students

Hearing voices

Keeping the lines of communication open: a novel approach to schizophrenia

How one nurse’s idea contributed to a successful discharge for a man who was hearing voices

A staff nurse tends to a patient on a respirator in a hospital bed.

Acute care is a great place to learn your craft

Starting your career on the front line of nursing can be rewarding, as well as challenging

Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter

‘We want to take the fear out of giving end of life care’

Two students have developed a training module to allay the concerns of first-years

Careers

Career path

Has your career taken a wrong turn?

Sometimes it’s good to take stock and check you’re on the right path

Creating a fast track into practice nursing

A training course aims to provide everything needed for a career as a practice nurse

Older woman looking unhappy in room with Christmas decorations

It could be lonely this Christmas

What can you do to help patients and colleagues who might feel isolated?

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