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Elder abuse

RCN issues adult safeguarding training for all healthcare staff

Guidance outlines training programme to ensure vulnerable patients are protected from...

Janet Davies

Janet Davies to step down as RCN general secretary

‘It has been a great honour to represent my profession at the highest level,’ she says

Homelessness

Community nurses have ‘essential role’ to help end rough sleeping, reveals QNI survey

Charity highlights street-based nursing care initiative to improve the health of the homeless

Bullying

Nurse's death by suicide should serve as warning to profession...

Toxic workplace and 'put up and shut up' culture still pervades the NHS

Substitution

Nurses should not be replaced by less qualified staff, says ICN

International Council of Nurses warns that use of under-qualified staff can affect patient...

A young woman being vaccinated by a nurse

RCN urges university students to get meningitis jab before term starts

First-year students are at elevated risk of meningococcal infection

Evidence and Practice

Blood transfusion

How to undertake a blood component transfusion

Why you should read this article: » To increase your awareness of the patient identification...

UTI

Assessment, management and prevention of urinary tract infections in men

Why you should read this article: » To understand the aspects of assessment and...

Effective management of hypoglycaemia

Effective management of hypoglycaemia

How to empower patients and their families to prevent and manage hypoglycaemia

Development of approaches and legislation to optimise nurse staffing levels

Development of approaches and legislation to optimise nurse staffing levels

Why you should read this article: » To recognise the role that nurses and the environment in...

Oxygen

Safe and effective use of supplemental oxygen therapy

Why you should read this article: » To ensure your knowledge of the common indications and...

Understanding the human and system factors involved in medication errors

Understanding the human and system factors involved in medication errors

Why you should read this article: » To understand the human and system factors involved in...

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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

Legal responsibilities

Legal responsibilities

A CPD article improved Bernadette Parsons’ understanding of the legal standard of care...

Heart failure

Heart failure: part 2

A CPD article improved Anita Skinner’s knowledge of the treatment and management of chronic...

Features

Lisa Rodrigues on depression

I was depressed and anxious - and running a mental health trust

Lisa Rodrigues hopes talking about her anxiety will help leaders struggling to cope

hands around syringes arranged like prison bars

Seamless drugs rehab offers continuity of care to offenders in prison and outside it

Nursing team’s care for people who misuse drugs extends from community to custody

Social isolation in older people

Lifting the barriers to mental healthcare for older people

New resources are tackling the stigma and social issues that restrict access to care

Ian Costello and Kirsten Paisley-Pearce

Why the nursing associate role is dividing opinion

Will nursing associates shore up an overstretched workforce or put patient safety at risk?

Recovery after surgery: tipping accepted wisdom on its head

How the ERAS approach can help nurses promote evidence-based perioperative care

man looking at nature with support of carer

What could the UK learn from adult social care in Japan?

An ageing population and shrinking workforce forced Japan to rethink how it funds care

Opinion

Clinical academics

Nurses and midwives need support if they are to become clinical academics

Flexibility and funding required if nurses are to pursue dual career in practice and research

A pregnant healthcare worker

Late shifts and long hours don’t say ‘antenatal care’ to me

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting time for NHS staff, says Jane Bates

Well-being a priority amid staff shortages

Protecting nurses' well-being is a priority as vacancy rates remain critically

More needs to be done to ensure nurses feel valued and supported amid chronic staff shortages

Students

Stickers for pills times

How my simple sticker system improved steroid management

Serious illness led one student to devise a way to help nurses administer steroids on time

Lancaster bombers

Listening to patients’ wartime stories helped me develop empathy

It can be hard to find time to listen to patients, but it’s essential for holisitic care

Zoe Butler and her Hot Potato campaign website

Celebrating the profession's work is important...

Zoe Butler on what winning the student category in last year’s RCNi awards has meant to her

Careers

Writing a statement

How to write a statement of events

If your employer asks you to write a formal statement stay calm and follow these tips

Nutmeg Hallett

60 seconds with mental health nursing lecturer Nutmeg Hallett

Teaching students how to prevent violence and abuse in healthcare settings is rewarding

Illustration showing a woman looking first shocked, then troubled, then happy and calm

What to do if you make a medication error

Nurses have a duty of candour when mistakes occur. Here’s how to handle the situation

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