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Asking retirees back to support NHS ‘won’t solve staffing issue’

Government’s reserve programme to boost staff numbers during pandemic ‘short-sighted’

Nurses warned to watch finances as cost of living increases

RCN urges members to budget carefully, ask for advice and check entitlement to benefits

Indicative ballot: nurses prepared to strike over 3% pay offer 

RCN seeks 12.5% pay rise and will use ballot results to consider next steps

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What you need to know about Omicron variant of COVID-19

Front-line staff facing greater pressure with expansion of booster jab programme

Next year’s pay rise: further ‘dithering and delays’ unacceptable, say unions

Government pushes back a decision on 2022-23 pay offer for Agenda for Change staff

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‘No evidence’ to justify forced vaccination of front-line nurses

DHSC told to show benefits of mandatory jabs are proportionate to expected workforce costs

Analysis

How to improve patient care – and save the planet at the same time

Small sustainable changes can make a huge impact on the health of your patients and the world

Moving on: how to give notice with grace and not burn your bridges

The pandemic prompted many staff to rethink their careers. Here’s how to plan and do it well

No gimmicks or empty gestures: the well-being support staff really need

Tea tents are no use if you can’t take a tea break; initiatives should start with the basics

Alcohol and substance misuse among nurses: overcoming fear and stigma to ask for help

Pandemic pressures have contributed to problems for many, but support is available

Delirium types, causes and signs – and how to manage the risk

Tips on recognising this common medical emergency and reducing post-operative risk

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination: what you need to know, and could the flu jab be next?

How the rule change will affect you, plus addressing vaccine hesitancy

Clinical update

Cardiac arrest and CPR: guidance update aims to improve survival and patient outcomes

Resuscitation UK advice affirms role of advance care planning

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

Home nutrition

COVID-19 nutritional advice

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

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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

Policy briefing

Obesity strategy: steps for tackling a public health crisis

The 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

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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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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How to overcome racism and discrimination to build your career in the NHS

Nursing Standard podcast looks at career progression for black and minority ethnic nurses

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Simple steps nurses can take to help protect the environment

Actions all healthcare staff can implement to be greener at work and at home

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How to handle feedback and turn it into positive change

Two nurse lecturers share how feedback can help with reflection and revalidation

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What all nurses have to gain from learning disabilities training

Our podcast looks at what's behind mandatory training, plus strategies from specialist nurses

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What support is available for nurses experiencing mental distress?

Our podcast looks at support available, including the Laura Hyde Foundation's free resource

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Racism and discrimination at work: what support is available?

Equality 4 Black Nurses founder shares the personal impact of racism and unconscious bias

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