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Aileen Coomber

Award-winning nurse retires after almost seven decades in the profession

Aileen Coomber, RCNi’s 2017 Bank Nurse award winner, was part of the NHS at 70 celebrations

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Overseas nurses: NMC continues English language testing shake-up

Regulator plans to abolish time limit on nursing qualifications taken in English

Staff nurse Karolina Kruchich with pony

Nurses enjoy a little animal magic to boost their well-being

Shetland ponies and Newfoundland dogs visit Aberdeen hospital staff

St Bernards Hospital

Nurse awarded £500,000 payout after injury at work

West London NHS Trust admits nurse sustained back injury due to defective chair

Illustration of sepsis

Sepsis digital alert helps nurses to save lives at London trust

System warns staff if a patient may be at risk of the condition

Princess Royal Hospital

Babies and mothers died due to care failings at Shrewsbury trust

Leaked report reveals ‘toxic’ culture stretching back 40 years

Analysis

Illustration highlighting the 'conveyor belt' of directors of nursing in the UK

The high turnover of chief nurses and why it undermines front-line staff

Many directors of nursing don’t get a chance to hit their stride – or champion their staff

Illustration showing arrivals at an airport, with an arrivals board showing a breakdown of nurse numbers coming from different countries

Can the NHS stick to its commitment to ethical recruitment?

Amid global healthcare staffing shortages, the NHS is relying more heavily on overseas nurses

woman dabs her face with a tissue as nurse talks to her

Talking about death: how and when to broach difficult conversations

Expert nurses share what they have learned about supporting patients when they get bad news

Sickle cell disease refers to a group of blood disorders, the most severe of which is sickle cell anaemia

The blood disorders that nursing students are failing to learn about

Lack of awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia is leaving patients at risk, experts warn

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Being a nurse in the menopause: why it’s no time for taboos

Women coping with menopause symptoms deserve support and empathy in the workplace

In 2017-18, 15% of BME staff in the NHS in England reported incidents of discrimination in the workplace

Racism in the NHS: are things getting better or worse for BME staff?

Hiding behind racism as a ‘minority issue’ ignores its wider impact on staff and patients

Clinical update

Training a caregiver to spot signs of pressure sores

Pressure ulcer toolkit: advice for nurses on prevention and care pathways

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Advisory Board resource highlights the importance of risk awareness

If picked up and treated early a sepsis diagnosis outcome can be positive

Sepsis Six update: the important changes every nurse needs to know about

UK Sepsis Trust reviews first step in its screening and management tool

Asthma inhaler and medication. Picture: iStock

Asthma management: how nurses can help prevent attacks

Update from the British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Red blood cells. Picture: Alamy

Iron deficiency anaemia in adults: what to look for and the questions to ask

RCN guidance sets out the information nurses need to identify and manage patients with IDA

NICE guidance addresses wound cleaning

Preventing and treating surgical site infections: what nurses need to know

Updated NICE guidance deals with antiseptic skin preparation, antibiotics and wound closure

Picture of leg with erythema migrans rash

Updated Lyme disease guidance: what nurses need to know

NICE guidelines say erythema migrans rash should prompt diagnosis without a blood test

Policy briefing

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

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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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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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 by exchanging invaluable advice, hints and tips

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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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Lilly

What really goes on ‘Behind the Smile’ of your patients living with RA?

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) don’t feel their condition is understood by those around them, and this can have a negative impact on how the patient feels about their condition, according to a new survey, RA Matters , by Lilly.

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Luke Pybus

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

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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Change Pain

Sponsored: Educational resources to help manage patients’ pain

Change Pain is an entirely free, non-promotional educational initiative for healthcare professionals provided by Grünenthal that aims to advance the management of acute and chronic pain.

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