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Army deployment in NHS hospitals exposes scale of staffing crisis

Soldiers help relieve twin pressures of COVID-related staff absence and soaring bed demand

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Pay rise for nurses would boost wider economy, report says

RCN welcomes ‘compelling argument’ in consultancy report supporting nurses’ pay rise

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COVID-19 death in service: nurses’ families need support to claim pay-out

Unions urge higher take-up of NHS and social care coronavirus life assurance scheme

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Advice for school nurses over redeployment for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Safeguarding children must take priority, says head of school nurses association

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Nursing Standard podcast: why students should prioritise their mental health

Nursing student Fran Hufton shares her experience and tips for staying well

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RCN joins health unions’ plea to Boris Johnson for ‘significant’ pay rise

Call to end ‘needless delays’ for demoralised and traumatised nursing staff

Evidence and Practice

Recognising the importance of language in effective pain assessment

How language can assist nurses in understanding the patient’s pain experience

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A nurse’s guide to direct oral anticoagulants

Enhance your knowledge of their indications, doses and side effects

Understanding the principles of insulin use in type 1 and type 2 diabetes management

Familiarise yourself with the different types of insulin therapy and their safety measures

Role of the nurse in the hyperacute care and management of patients following stroke

Role of the nurse in the hyperacute care and management of patients following stroke

Learn about this time-sensitive method of managing stroke in the first 24-72 hours

Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

How this intervention can address the physical and emotional needs of patients

Understanding the causes, symptoms and effects of young-onset dementia

Understanding the causes, symptoms and effects of young-onset dementia

Improve your knowledge of the condition and its distinct challenges

Features

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How COVID-19 is affecting nurses’ mental health, and what to do about it

There are so many reasons to feel anxious about coronavirus, but help is out there

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COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Transgender nurses in the workplace: how trusts are supporting gender diversity

The NHS has made rapid progress in recent years – and we all have a part to play

Fair pay, safe staffing and support during COVID-19: priorities for nursing in 2021

The RCN general secretary on being an advocate for nursing in its most difficult year to date

Best apps for nurses: the help that’s just a click away

The smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too

Opinion

critical care staff in ICU at Royal Papworth Hospital working in PPE

NHS services are running on sheer goodwill and teamwork

COVID-19 has laid bare the depth of the nurse workforce crisis, with staff at tipping point

Nurse shortage: the NHS will be relying on overseas staff for years to come

Burnout nurses can’t wait for students to graduate before they see the benefits

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Legal advice: Can I accept gifts from patients?

What the NMC code says about nurses accepting gifts, plus how it might be interpreted

Students

Delegation and referral in nursing – how to tell the difference

Find out what distinguishes a referred task from a delegated one, and why it matters

Second-year studies amid a global pandemic: making up for missed placements

Online lectures and lessons are now the norm, but can our clinical skills meet expectations?

Learning disability nursing: correcting those who ask ‘Is it real nursing?’

Student and NHS ambassador Helen Morgan is challenging misunderstandings about her field

Careers

First time in charge of a ward: the support every newly qualified nurse needs

Taking on ward manger duties is challenging. Here’s how to help junior team members succeed

Why you should do a PhD: a nurse’s guide to entering the research world

Children’s cancer nurse Helen Pearson explains what motivates her academic work

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