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Reinventing the Productive Ward: what nurses need from a quality improvement toolkit

Ten years ago the programme was all the rage, and now it’s set for an update

Illustration highlighting the elements involved in day-to-day management of diabetes

Empowering inpatients with diabetes: how to improve safety and reduce errors

Enabling self-administration of insulin recognises patients as experts in their own care

man and woman snuggle on sofa, smiling and drinking wine

NHS over-40s health check: how nurses can make it bigger and better

It was never just for the worried well, but now a major revamp will extend its reach

The trust's acute stroke team has turned the service's performance round since 2014

How advanced training turned around our stroke care service

The advanced nurse practitioner programme was the key to better, more timely patient care

Participants in a fellowship programme at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The trust devised the programme to attract nurses and encourage them to stay.

How to attract and retain brilliant nurses

A trust has devised a fellowship to boost the careers of talented staff

Picture of a hospital corridor where a medic is comforting a young woman. By walking in the shoes of carers whose loved ones are dying, teams of nurses are finding ways to improve support offered by their hospitals.

End of life care: finding out what matters to the families and carers of dying patients

The programme that helps nurses see care through the eyes of patients’ loved ones

Asking staff what they think about their workplace can have benefits for morale and patient care

What matters to nurses: does your organisation know?

One trust dared to open a conversation with staff – and faced some uncomfortable truths

Taurai Matare, ophthalmology matron at Whipps Cross Hospital in London, and RCN Nurse of the Year 2019, meets prime minister Boris Johnson

RCN Nurse of the Year: ‘I had no idea how far this award would take me’

Taurai Matare on her first 100 days in the role – and her one-to-one with the prime minister

Illustration depicting a line of figures carrying placards which together form a large  arrow pointing forward. In this article senior nurses discuss how to remove the culture of fear and create a compassionate workplace in which everyone feels valued.

Compassionate leadership: does it really give nurses a voice?

The ‘command and control’ model of leadership is now seen as outdated

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sepsis: what you need to know

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

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