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bag of blood ready for transfusion – complying with safety protocols and positive patient identification are essential to reduce risk

Blood transfusion: the common procedure that can go disastrously wrong

Stakes are high when managing blood products – here’s how nurses can prevent errors

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Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

StreetDoctors North East London nurse team Munira Patel, Aoife Scanlan, Rachel Moisan, Izzy Howes and Charlotte Green

Knife crime: teaching young people the skills they need to help save lives

The nurses and students breaking down barriers to help educate and protect young people

Picture depicts the medical symbol of a staff with snakes curled round it and scales of justice suspended from it balancing medicine and law books. Nurses are advocates for their patients, service-users, and a human rights approach is essential.

How a patient’s human rights influence the care you give

A human rights approach to healthcare can empower patients and protect nurses

Nurses from BAME backgrounds appear to be under-represented in health and social care innovation

Are you a BAME nurse with a fantastic idea that could improve patient care?

Nursing care is hugely enriched when ideas spring from a wide range of backgrounds

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E. coli infection: how every nurse can help prevent it

The Gram-negative bacteria is a growing threat in community and acute settings

Mental health conditions gave now overtaken musculoskeletal complaints as the number one reason for sickness absence among nurses.

Nurses open up about their mental health problems

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news

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Sepsis: what you need to know

Around 44,000 people a year die from the 'silent killer'. What can nurses do?

Emma Robinson, left, a nurse on the out of practice programme, and advanced clinical practitioner Helen Lushpenko-Brown, checking patient medications

Return to general nursing: on the register but ‘out of practice’?

The programme designed for when the usual return-to-practice courses don’t apply

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What to do when you suspect domestic abuse

The nurses’ training aid that offers you practical strategies for the best outcomes

Dismayed looking nurse talking to a colleague in a corridor. Picture: iStock

Strategies for dealing with rude colleagues who ruin your day

And what to do if your communication style has turned toxic

nurse care for man's leg wound in a practice setting

Wound care: treating the cause rather than simply covering it with a dressing

How to challenge the perceived inevitability associated with chronic wounds

The blame culture in nursing: how to make a change in your workplace

A punitive response to errors affects patient safety and staff morale. There is another way

New approach to nurse education affects every registrant – but are you ready?

NMC’s education standards take a fresh approach to supervision, assessment and leadership

Asking about bowel problems could change your patient’s life

When nurses discuss faecal incontinence they’re really talking about quality of life

Pain management: steps for better care and faster recovery after surgery

Nurses are vital to good pain management – and this starts with a comprehensive assessment

Mouth care at the end of life: ensuring comfort and dignity for your patients

Simple steps such as assessing pain and involving families in care can make a big difference

Our simple, low-cost system to keep patients hydrated

A team of students devised a way to easily identify dehydration risk and fluid restriction

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