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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: what is it and when will nurses get it?

The RCN says nurses will have a key role in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine

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People in supported living isolated due to lockdown mixups

Individuals with learning disabilities denied visits amid confusion over rules, MPs told

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Nurses in Scotland to receive £500 COVID-19 bonus

Thank you payment is separate from pay negotiations, with RCN Scotland seeking 12.5% rise

Three nurses dance their way to the Strictly NHS final

NHS charity ballroom competition announces its 12 finalists

Valerie Bednar with (inset) a prototype of the face mask she is helping to develop

Made-to-measure face masks: nurse working on prototype for healthcare staff

Universities helping to create reusable mask based on a scan of the user’s face

RCN disputes government claim to be on target for 50,000 more nurses in the NHS

Data shows rise of 14,813 nurses on last year, but also 36,655 FTE nursing vacancies

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Nurses with long-COVID: why pacing yourself when back at work is essential

Staff struggling to recover from coronavirus need the support of employers – and colleagues

PTSD and insomnia: mitigating the psychological effects of COVID-19 on nurses

The workforce has been overwhelmed, but pressed on – now nurses need support, say experts

What will the ‘new normal’ look like for nursing?

COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while – as are some of the related changes to care

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COVID-19: how nurses are taking the lead in the quest to find a vaccine and treatment

The UK’s research nurses are on the front line of trials at an unprecedented scale and pace

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What’s keeping you awake? your guide to better sleep during the COVID-19 crisis

Advice on how to plan around shift patterns and cope with insomnia and anxiety amid lockdown

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Inside NHS Nightingale: a nurse's diary

A volunteer's account of her shift at the critical care temporary hospital in London

Clinical update

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Asthma management during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and severe asthma: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on managing severe asthma in adults and children during the pandemic

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Home nutrition

COVID-19 nutritional advice

Nutritional advice to help patients during and after COVID-19 has been published

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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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Infection control and the coronavirus

COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

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Improving air quality at home: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on risks for those with allergies or respiratory or cadiovascular conditions

Illustration of a diseased kidney

Acute kidney injury: advice for nurses on detecting AKI and caring for patients

How to identify and treat the spectrum of injury formerly known as acute renal failure

Policy briefing

Obesity strategy: steps for tackling a public health crisis

Government’s plan to get the nation fit, protect against COVID-19 and ease strain on the NHS

Rheumatology nursing: your guide to the new RCN competency framework

Skills and career framework aims to support the development of rheumatology nurse roles

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Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

Bowel cancer

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

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Improving care for patients who have catheters

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks

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Exercising older man

COPD: patients in need of reassurance say they value input from clinicians

Healthcare professionals' support prevents people with COPD feeling overwhelmed by symptoms

Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Sharing surveillance of infectious diseases could reduce use of antibiotics

International study found diagnoses improved through shared use of surveillance systems

Sham operation casts doubt on back treatment

Surgery to repair spinal fractures was no more effective than a sham procedure

Documenting and treatment of pain falls as cognitive impairment increases

Pain management drugs less prevalent in nursing home residents with severe impairment

Podcast

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Nursing Standard podcast: men in nursing – addressing the gender gap

Nursing student Kyle Sands joins a nurse lecturer to discuss their experiences

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Christine Braithwaite

Nursing Standard podcast: what is professional regulation?

The Professional Standards Authority’s Christine Braithwaite offers a brief guide

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Nursing Standard podcast: nurses’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

Psychotherapist and lecturer Colin Hughes on easing stress and psychological support

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Nursing Standard podcast: enteral feeding and its effects on patients

In our latest podcast, dietitian and lecturer Shawn McLaren talks about enteral feeding

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Sue West – revalidation podcast

Nursing Standard podcast: your revalidation questions answered

NMC adviser Sue West’s advice for nurses, including how to present your COVID-19 experience

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Brian Webster and Dean McMaster on the Nursing Standard podcast

Nursing standard podcast: student placements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Richard Hatchett meets two students to discuss their different experiences during the crisis

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CLL

Chronic lymphcytic leukaemia: Improving treatment and support for patients

This feature has been funded by Janssen UK and written on the company’s behalf by M&F Health, based on an interview with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Karen Stanley.

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Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Skin infections webinar

Ask the experts webinar: serious skin infections

This webinar explores the nursing management of serious skin infections and how they can be effectively managed and treated. Richard Hatchett, a nurse tutor and senior editor at RCNi, discusses nursing innovations with Sharon Falconer, a specialist outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) nurse from Aberdeen, and Malcolm Bain from the medical department at Correvio.

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Lilly

What really goes on ‘Behind the Smile’ of your patients living with RA?

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) don’t feel their condition is understood by those around them, and this can have a negative impact on how the patient feels about their condition, according to a new survey, RA Matters , by Lilly.

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Luke Pybus

Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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