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COVID-19: nurse who cared for prime minister in hospital resigns over 1% pay offer

Jenny McGee says she is leaving NHS because nurses ‘are not getting the respect we deserve’

Chester hospital deaths: trial date set for nurse charged with murder of eight babies

Lucy Letby, who worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital, to stand trial in July 2022

Fitness to practise: nurses wait longer for outcomes as cases pile up

Backlog of FtP cases grows as regulator grapples with staffing and drive to improve decisions

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‘Incredibly discriminatory’ email about Nigerian nurse prompts NMC intervention

Regulator and NHS commissioning group investigate message sent to job applicant

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Men in Nursing video aims to tackle perceptions and promote diversity

Universities in Northern Ireland want to show nursing as rewarding career for men

Members of RCN and GMB reject Scottish government's 4% pay offer

Nurses in Scotland to get 4% pay rise amid calls for further talks

Increase ‘without further negotiation’ comes despite rejection of deal by two nursing unions

Analysis

Standardised nursing uniforms: what do you want to wear to work?

An NHS consultation could see an end to the plethora of styles used across England

DNACPR notices: what went wrong in the pandemic and the conversations that matter

Advance care planning is vital and nurses in all settings should be involved, experts say

Urinary incontinence: it’s common in nurses, but are you ignoring the symptoms?

Demographic and occupational factors increase the risk, but it’s important to seek help early

NHS pension reforms: what the latest update means for those on the old and new schemes

How 2015 changes to the NHS pension scheme affect nurses, plus who needs to make a choice

Pay rise for nurses: what a new deal might look like

Nurses exhausted by the pandemic could leave in droves unless pay is addressed, unions warn

How nutrition can help prevent and treat pressure ulcers

A balanced diet and good hydration are vital for patients to maintain robust and healthy skin

Clinical update

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

Picture shows a woman wearing household gloves and holding a cleaning sponge looking at patches of mould. Poor air quality in the home is linked to a range of health problems, and guidance from NICE suggests how to achieve improvements.

Improving air quality at home: what to advise patients

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

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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

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: all you need to know about insulin and diabetes

Lecturer Paula Mayo explains the types of insulin and how to administer it safely

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First page of a will document – as solicitor explains the steps to take to write a will

Nursing Standard podcast: the help you need to write your will

The simple steps to take, and why getting it done can give you peace of mind

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Nursing Standard podcast: is it work-related fatigue… or the menopause? A nurse’s guide

Menopause specialist Louise Newson discusses how to deal with the life changes it brings

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Nursing Standard podcast: building trust with young people affected by knife crime

2020 RCN Nurse of the Year Ana Waddington talks about how she set up an outreach programme

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Nursing Standard podcast: providing on-the-street care

Advanced nurse practitioner Rosa Ungpakorn talks about her award-winning outreach project

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Nursing Standard podcast guest Janie Brown shares tips on good communication

Nursing Standard podcast: how to be a good communicator

Compassionate communication tips from cancer nurse and author Janie Brown

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Menopause at work: how employers can step up to support nurses

Find out what healthcare employers are doing to meet the needs of staff during menopause

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How are you feeling today? A toolkit to improve emotional well-being

Get talking about your mental health and well-being with the help of an online resource

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To understand emotions, it can be helpful to take a moment to slow down and tune in to what is going on for you at that point

How do you respond to stress? Tips for coping with your emotions during COVID-19

Anger, sadness and guilt are all normal reactions to distressing circumstances

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Stress management and self-care tips for nurses during the pandemic

COVID-19 coping mechanisms: why you can’t afford to neglect your own well-being

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In challenging times, such as a pandemic, worry is understandable - but not helpful

Stress survival guide: how to cope when events are outside your control

COVID-19 is draining nurses’ mental reserves, so find out ways to manage negative feelings

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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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