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

Scotland Pay Vote

RCN, unions and Scottish Government agree pay increase of at least 9% for nurses

Deal leaves nurses in Scotland ‘significantly better paid’ than those elsewhere in the UK

Stephen Barclay

No sign of £10,000 ‘golden hello’ promised for some postgraduate nursing students

RCN calls delay a ‘serious missed opportunity’

Rhian Collins

Mental health nurse took her own life after being 'bullied' at work...

Court told nurse was verbally abused by staff at Swansea hospital who made her life '

Exam results

Nursing student numbers in England fall for second year

Reform of nurse student funding appears to be failing to boost staff and student numbers

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...


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...


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...


Write a reflective account

Write a reflective account

Reflect on what you have learned from a CPD article and gain a certificate of learning

Revalidation video

Watch our animated guide to revalidation

Our short film explains the revalidation process

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...


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

A nurse adjusting a patient's pillow in a hospital bed

Two questions that ensure person-centred spiritual care

How a new tool can help nurses address spiritual needs, even in a stretched health service


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

Nurses liable for making medication errors

Gosport scandal: nurses need to be aware of the liabilities of making medication errors

Nurses could be struck off or even face criminal charges for administering medicines wrongly


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


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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