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Skincare advice for nurses during COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance on dealing with the ravages of extra handwashing and PPE use

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Petition calling for ‘nurse emoji’ gains thousands of signatures

A nursing emoji is only fair… after all, doctors already have one, says nurse campaigner

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Nurses’ pay: your government is out of step with public mood on NHS, RCN tells Johnson

College leaders call on ministers to be honest about nursing salaries

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NMC allows suspended nurses to return to practice to shore up COVID-19 effort

Regulator softens sanctions to help employers ease nurse staffing pressures during pandemic

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COVID-19: warning over people posing as nurses on dating sites

Latest scam involves people pretending to be hospital nurses who need money to get to work

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Pandemic continues to take its toll on nurses’ mental health – survey

Quarter of staff reported severe depression, but uptake of psychological support remains low

Analysis

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What’s keeping you awake? your guide to better sleep during the COVID-19 crisis

Advice on how to plan around shift patterns and cope with insomnia and anxiety amid lockdown

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Picture shows entrance to London Nightingale hospital. Article is a nurse’s account of a shift at the critical care temporary hospital, which is now on standby

Inside NHS Nightingale: a nurse's diary

A volunteer's account of her shift at the critical care temporary hospital in London

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COVID-19: the steps to take when your shift ends to stay safe at home

Online sources list rigorous steps to take– but what do the experts say?

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Picture shows medics rushing as they push a trolley along a hospital corridor. This article contains excerpts from the diary of an emergency nurse, and are a harrowing and moving account of what it means to be on the front line.

COVID-19: diary of an emergency nurse

A moving account of what it means to be on the front line

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COVID-19: nurses say they are not getting adequate PPE

A survey by Nursing Standard finds front-line staff fear for their lives

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COVID-19: a guide to the big issues for nurses

Frequently asked questions on issues such as self-isolation, sick pay and redeployment

Clinical update

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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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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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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

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

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Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

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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

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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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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Nursing Standard podcast: how nurses can protect their own well-being – even in a crisis

Our experts discuss burnout, mindfulness and how to stay fit

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Nursing Standard Podcast discusses an unusual way to finance a nursing degree

Our latest episode features nurse and former stripper Ellen

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Ruth Harris

Nursing Standard podcast: what is intentional rounding – and is it worth doing?

King's College London nursing professor Ruth Harris shares her research

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Podcast: what does genomics mean for nurses?

Angela Cazeaux, Vicky Cuthill and Mark Radford discuss the role of genomics in nursing

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Anne Marie Rafferty

Nursing Standard podcast: is Florence Nightingale a nursing icon? 

Professor of nursing policy Anne Marie Rafferty discusses her legacy

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Jane Wills

Nursing Standard podcast: is your workplace making you unhealthy?

Professor of health promotion at London South Bank University discusses her research

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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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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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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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