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Photo of striking nurses with placards alongside pay ballot voting information:

Nurses report trouble voting on pay deal as they ‘break the internet'

Frustration as RCN website is overwhelmed by nurses trying to vote on negotiated pay deal

Strikers at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield Picture: John Houlihanv

Voting opens: have your say on nurses' new pay offer

Union members to have their say on improved offer wrung from ministers after historic strikes

Photo of sunny swimming pool in Saudi Arabia, just one of the benefits of a nursing role at a new hospital

Nurses offered ‘enticing’ life in Saudi Arabia to escape NHS pressures

Apply for posts at a new hospital that promises good money and plenty of sunshine

Nurse wearing PPE at patient’s bedside in ICU at St George’s Hospital in London during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID death-in service compensation: do you know anyone who’s still missing out on help?

Uptake of cash assistance scheme for nurses’ dependents lags behind pandemic death toll

Non-NHS nursing: how your pay compares and how to ask for a rise

Working outside of the NHS, pay and conditions are not ‘locked in’ and can vary widely

Menopause: ‘trust’s new uniform policy nearly forced me to quit’

Nurse granted exemption from tunic-only code due to hot flushes urges others to speak up

Evidence and Practice

Assessment and management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men

Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: assessment and management

Understand the recommended lifestyle modifications, medicines and surgical interventions

Chronic kidney disease: understanding its association with other long-term conditions

Chronic kidney disease: understanding its association with other long-term conditions

Learn how it can be caused by conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus

Complex regional pain syndrome: diagnosis and management

Complex regional pain syndrome: diagnosis and management

Learn more about this rare and not well understood chronic pain condition

Open access
Promoting health through nurse-led healthy conversations

Promoting health through nurse-led healthy conversations

Sharpen your ability to discuss health with people to support behaviour change

Open access
Developing an oral healthcare assessment strategy to enhance patient care

Oral healthcare: developing an assessment strategy to enhance patient care

How one NHS trust created a tool to improve oral healthcare provision

Pain assessment and management for people with dementia in the community

Pain assessment and management for people with dementia in the community

Enhance your awareness of various pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions


Professional boundaries: when nurse-patient relationships become over-friendly

How off-duty messages or interactions with patients could have serious consequences

Overworked and planning to leave – but what will it take to make you stay?

What some employers are doing, and the practical steps others can take to keep staff

On the verge of burnout? Seven signs to look for and how to cope

Positive steps nurses can take to help reduce risk and enhance your work-life balance

Terminal agitation: how to deal with distressing symptoms at the end of life

Advice on treating agitation, supporting families and coping with difficult patient deaths

Well-chosen words: how what you say makes a difference to outcomes

Tips for more powerful, productive and empathetic conversations with patients

Handover: how to get communication right for improved patient safety and team efficiency

Advice on strategies and tools to ensure every handover is seamless and information-rich



NHS pay offer decision: questions to consider before you vote

With union ballots opening, have you made up your mind to accept or reject the offer?

Raising concerns: would you be reluctant to challenge a doctor?

Professional and personal barriers can get in the way of effective communication

Should the NMC focus more on students’ competence and less on placement hours?

Some worry we may ‘churn out’ unprepared nurses, others say it’s time for paid placements


Gastroenterology: what nursing students need to know about GI conditions and care

We ask expert nurses about caring for patients with digestive conditions

Student-led wards: can they help boost your clinical skills and confidence?

Collaborative learning puts students at the forefront of decision-making

A well-being app for your nursing course: ShinyMind for students

New version of the popular app will focus on the challenges of nursing studies


Considering defence nursing? Here’s what you need to know

You can also learn first hand – and earn money – by joining the reserves or MoD bank

Nurse talent managers in the NHS: what does this relatively new role involve?

Established to attract, retain and develop staff, these roles are a great career move too

How mentoring can help overseas nurses reach senior roles

A programme supporting Filipino nurses, plus tips for getting the most out of mentoring