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Dame Donna Kinnair

Strike action must always be an option for members, says RCN general secretary

Dame Donna Kinnair takes aim at politicians for forcing nurses to cope with workforce crisis

Louise Cahill speaking at congress

Congress backs call to lobby government to decriminalise prostitution

Sexual health nurse tells members this is the model backed by evidence – and sex workers

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Nurses send a safe staffing message to Matt Hancock

Hundreds at RCN congress sign giant letter calling on health secretary to back law in England

RCN leader demands return of £1 bln to nurse education

Donna Kinnair tells RCN congress the profession’s goodwill is being abused

‘Once in a generation’ chance to get UK-wide safe staffing laws – RCN president

Anne Marie Rafferty issues rousing call at congress for UK-wide safe staffing laws

Pat Cullen

‘Immediate’ industrial action ballot looms in Northern Ireland if NHS pay talks fail

Nurses in Northern Ireland are paid less than in the rest of the UK

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Congress Audience

RCN congress 2019: your quick guide to what’s on the agenda

Nurses’ pay, staffing levels, clinical issues and bullying to be discussed

Nursing staff prepare to respond to Westminster Bridge attack

Major incident response: how each tragedy informs future nursing care

With every mass-casualty event comes fresh clinical understanding and greater preparedness

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Revealed: what nurses say about short-staffing and how it’s harming patient care

Nurses open up about the risks to patient safety – and their work-life balance

Bethany Burgin and Lucy Kennen

Dear diary, it’s been another demanding day

Three nurses’ accounts of a shift offer a moving insight into daily pressures in the NHS

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Why all nurses should ask patients who smoke whether they want to quit

Every nurse should be trained to support smoking cessation, says lung health task force

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NHS Long Term Plan is big on ambition, so why is it short of nurses’ support?

Critics say the 10-year strategy cannot succeed until the NHS staffing crisis is resolved

Clinical update

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Sepsis guidance: what nurses are now required to do

Compliance has become mandatory for all NHS trusts in England

NICE issues guidance on decision-making and mental capacity

This guidance reflects concerns about the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

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Quality standard for eating disorders highlights need for closer liaison between teams

Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care

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Updated NICE guidance on dementia care

First update in a decade says staff working with people who have dementia need extra training

Urine analysis

Identifying and treating urinary tract infections: new NICE guidelines

Recommendations on diagnosing and managing UTIs

Lyme disease

Identifying and treating Lyme disease: new NICE guidelines

Caused by bites from infected ticks, Lyme disease requires prompt treatment to avoid...

Policy briefing

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

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New RCN position statement on termination of pregnancy

College responds after members support call for decriminalisation

Instant messaging: guidance for NHS staff in hospital

Guidance aims to help judge how and when to use instant messaging in acute clinical settings

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Diabetes: recommendations for improving mental well-being

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs

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NICE guidance on vaginal mesh surgery

'Non-surgical options for urinary incontinence and prolapse must be exhausted first...

Advice on setting out of hours staffing levels for specialist palliative care

Guidance seeks to define the minimum nurse and doctor numbers required to maintain 24-hour...

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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

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Anne Marie Rafferty

Anne Marie Rafferty: RCN president’s tips for new nurses

Incoming RCN president Anne Marie Rafferty talks about how to build support networks

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From Jamaica to the UK: my experiences as a Windrush nurse

Series 3 Episode 8: Pearly Morgan talks about her arrival in the 1960s and career in the NHS

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Pippa Bagnall

Childhood obesity: my vision for unlocking the potential of school nurses

Series 3 Episode S7: Pippa Bagnall calls for more work on child obesity prevention

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Amor Palada

Hear how a nurse-led acute response team dramatically reduced cardiac arrest

Series 3 Episode 6: Nurse practitioner Amor Palada talks about preventing cardiac arrest

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How do you change attitudes towards dementia and older people?

Series 3 Episode 5: Navigating health and social care services for those with dementia

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Daniel Gooding

Reaching out to nursing students via the internet

Series 3 Episode 4: how the online Student Nurse Project is connecting students nationwide...

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

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