Policy briefing

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

nurse completing paperwork

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

Woman looks in distress at her insulin kit

Diabetes: recommendations for improving mental well-being

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs

vaginal mesh

NICE guidance on vaginal mesh surgery

'Non-surgical options for urinary incontinence and prolapse must be exhausted first'

Advice on setting out of hours staffing levels for specialist palliative care

Guidance seeks to define the minimum nurse and doctor numbers required to maintain 24-hour specialist palliative care services in hospital, community and hospice settings

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RCN guidance on reasonable adjustments for staff affected by disability

The RCN has updated its peer support service guide for staff affected by an impairment or health condition in the workplace

Support for men with cancer to keep working

A new guide, Working with Cancer, aims to support men to continue working after a diagnosis, saying that doing so can help recovery by providing something other than cancer to focus on and keeping things ‘normal’

Staff retention: employers advised to listen more to nurses

New guidance on staff retention from NHS Improvement encourages employers to listen to nurses and engage and empower staff and look closely at their development and career planning

New voluntary standards for general practice nurses

New voluntary standards on the education and practice of senior general practice nurses have been drawn up by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, aiming to improve the availability and content of training courses and provide guidance to practice nurses and their employers

Acas guidance on sexual harassment in the workplace

Acas has produced new guidance on recognising sexual harassment in the workplace and the...


Written complaints about nurses have risen, with the profession receiving the second-highest...

Acid attacks

Read our policy briefing on new guidance for helping in the immediate aftermath when people...

RCN toolkit for school nurses

Read our policy briefing on an updated school nursing toolkit from the RCN.

Cervical screening

Read our policy briefing on new Public Health England guidance on the importance of practice...

Female genital mutilation

Read our clinical update on guidance from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine on female...