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Unions prepare to consult nurses on ‘scandalously low’ 3% pay rise

RCN, Unison and Unite will canvass members’ views on next steps in pay negotiations

Fair pay for nurses sign during a protest in London

Nurse pay award: government announces 3% rise for NHS staff

RCN warns members 'will not take this lying down’, as rise falls far short of 12.5% demanded

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Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ nurse leader

Lesley Eggleston, a nurse for more than 45 years, remembered for support she gave colleagues

Health and social care minister Helen Whately addresses the Commons but fails to mention pay rise for NHS

NHS pay: anger at minister’s silence as MPs head for summer recess

Health minister fails to address AfC pay rumours in final Commons appearance before autumn

Nurses’ pay: no word as yet on offer before parliament’s summer recess

Rumoured 3% offer falls short of RCN’s 12.5% demand

Picture of a smart phone screen showing a message to self-isolate

Some nurses will not have to self-isolate if pinged by NHS app

Staff can carry on working in exceptional circumstances if absence could lead to risk of harm

Analysis

How to detect malnutrition and provide support for people in the community

Advice on using screening tools, the Food First approach and the impact of COVID-19

Hydration at work: how is your employer helping staff cope with long, hot shifts in PPE?

The pandemic has compounded long-standing problems of inadequate breaks and dehydration

Virtual fitness to practise hearings: a guide for registrants and witnesses

Remote FtP proceedings are here to stay – find out what this could mean for you

Maths anxiety: how to conquer your fears and calculate with confidence

Reduce your risk of medications errors by becoming comfortable with numbers

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

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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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

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

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

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Advice for overseas nurses joining the NHS – and their managers

The pastoral care available to international nurses, plus first-hand experiences of recruits

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Nurse talks to same-sex couple – inclusive communication is essentiall for the healthcare experience of LGBT people

Nursing Standard podcast: inclusive communication and how to avoid making assumptions

Advice for nurses on guarding against making LGBT parents feel excluded

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Nursing Standard podcast: how newly qualified nurses can have the best start

Emily McWhirter offers tips to ensure a positive experience in your first post

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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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