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chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 11 Downing Street before heading to the Commons to deliver his budget

Unions label 1% nurse pay rise suggestion as 'insulting'

RCN accuses government of being 'dangerously out of touch' with nursing staff and public

Whipps Cross Hospital in London, where nurse Jeyran Panahian-Jand was victimised for raising racism concerns

Tribunal victory for nurse victimised for raising racial segregation concerns

Barts Health ordered to pay bank nurse whistleblower £26,000 – and give her shifts

Picture of Margaret Waine, a healthcare assistant at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who has died from COVID-19

Healthcare assistant who worked at the same trust for 40 years dies of COVID-19

Margaret Waine remembered as a caring colleague known for tucking her patients in at night

Image from RCN’s #FairPayForNurses social media campaign day

NHS pay: nurses in bid to pile pre-Budget pressure on Chancellor

Staff on AfC terms use social media campaign to demand inflation-busting deal

New timetable announced for RCN presidential election after suspension

Nominations for leadership role open on 3 March

clinical team working in a pandemic situation requires innovative communication

NHS teamwork in the pandemic: how is it for you?

Study asks nurses how COVID-19 has affected the functioning of clinical teams

Analysis

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

Rotas and shift patterns: who should make the decisions?

What nurses told us about lack of control over their shifts and the cost to work-life balance

Picture shows a woman taking a vitamin D supplement. As autumn/winter approaches many people will need to top up their levels of vitamin D levels and nurses can play a key role in advising on this

Why nurses need to talk about vitamin D with their patients

Shorter days and lockdown mean many people need a vitamin D top-up to stay healthy

Diabetes care catch-up: which patients should take priority as COVID-19 continues?

Many patients have missed out on care during the pandemic - now services are under pressure

Can virtual placements compare? The realities of blended learning during COVID-19

Nursing courses moved classes online amid the pandemic, but some changes might stay

Should I say sorry? How to handle complaints – and how to learn from them

While patient feedback can be difficult to hear, showing empathy may help resolve issues

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

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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

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

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

nurse prepares a catheter for insertion

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 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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Nursing Standard podcast: why students should prioritise their mental health

Nursing student Fran Hufton shares her experience and tips for staying well

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Florence Nightingale's legacy for today's nurses is discussed in our podcast

Nursing Standard podcast: why the legacy of Florence Nightingale will never die

Nightingale biographer Mark Bostridge assesses the debt today’s nursing owes its pioneer

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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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Nurse's morning routine eating a healthy breakfast

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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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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Child

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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