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Nurses’ general election priorities: what’s on your policy wish list?

Nursing leaders and organisations respond to the announcement of a July general election

Outgoing chief executive Andrea Sufcliffe, who is resigning on health grounds

NMC chief executive resigns as she awaits neurosurgery following tumour diagnosis

My job is tough enough when you’re well, impossible when you’re not, says Andrea Sutcliffe

Nurse wins tribunal case after losing shifts for raising concerns

The whistleblowing agency nurse had shifts cancelled after questioning patient seclusion

Close-up of nurse with tattooed arms crossed

Tattoos, piercings, false eyelashes now okay for nurses as trust relaxes uniform rule

Trust wants to celebrate inclusivity and allow people to be themselves in modern workplace

Illustration shows a circle, the outer edges of which are in bold red, with a red stripe going diagonally across a knife, fork and glass filled with liquid, suggesting a nil by mouth instruction

Nil by mouth: is your team following outdated ‘rules’?

Best practice NBM steps that all nursing and healthcare staff should be aware of

Photo of a piggy bank, illustrating story about a podcast on nurse pensions

Thinking of stopping your NHS pension? Here’s why you shouldn’t

The benefits of the NHS pension and why it is such good value for nurses

Evidence and Practice

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

How to undertake a scoping review

How to undertake a scoping review

Understand the main steps involved and what types of evidence can be included

Role of the addiction clinical nurse specialist in acute hospital settings

Role of the addiction clinical nurse specialist in acute hospital settings

Understand the benefits of the role and potential barriers to its introduction

Impaired kidney function: supporting the safe use of medicines for patients

Impaired kidney function: supporting the safe use of medicines for patients

Understand the nurse’s role in ensuring pharmacological safety for individuals

Supporting neurodivergent nursing students in their practice placements

Supporting neurodivergent nursing students in their practice placements

Recognise the strengths that these students can bring to practice


 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

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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

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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


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

Illustration of weighing sometimes conflicting interests in nursing care of patient choice against harm prevention shows scales with one frowny face on one side outweighed by multiple, smaller smiley faces

Patient choice versus harm prevention: where do you strike the balance?

Shared decision-making means providing information that allows informed consent

Blurred image of healthcare professionals moving at high speed with a hospital trolley along a corridor, suggesting the time and workload pressures facing emergency department staff

DNACPR tragedy will prey on the consciences of nurses involved, but they are all of us

Patient’s death tells us what we already know, but will it change anything?


Illustration of multi-professional teamwork in healthcare shows staff in different uniforms standing together, arms around each others’ shoulders. We see them from behind

Multi-professional teamwork: what you learn from it on clinical placement

Find out how to make the most of learning opportunities in the multidisciplinary team

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Settling in as an international nursing student: tips and support

The interventions that can help, from cultural events to peer support and orientation

Illustration of self-rostering in nursing shows three staff working together with a calendar to plan their rota

Self-rostering on clinical placement: can I have a say on when I’m on shift?

A predictable schedule enables you to commit to paid work and keep your home life on track


Illustration showing several nurses in uniform, seen from behind, walking along a winding pathway towards the words ‘nmc SIFE pathway’, with two large hands supporting them

Help for overseas nurses struggling to get on the register

How a new pathway has helped hundreds who narrowly failed their English language tests

Two nurses sitting at a table and chatting, with an open notebook in front of them, as in a nurse-mentor relationship

How to find a mentor who can meet your needs

Seek a mentor who can enhance your confidence and competence, but also challenge you

A row of people in smart attire seated in a waiting area looking slightly anxious and preoccupied, as if waiting to be called into a job interview

Going for a job interview? How to overcome nerves and arrive prepared

Tips on bringing your best to interview and tackling stress and anxiety head-on