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Wobble rooms

Why the wobble room is a necessary sanity saver

It’s essential nurses have a space to think, cry and be fallible, especially amid a pandemic

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Picture shows a resident of Wren Hall nursing home talking to a medic who is wearing personal protective equipment

Some care homes may not survive COVID-19

Anita Astle says pandemic has pushed her to the brink and her nursing home towards bankruptcy

RCN forum members do more than discuss their specialty – they can help shape it

A new competency framework is a big step for the rheumatology nursing forum and the specialty

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Florence Nightingale

International Nurses Day: what would Florence do on the COVID-19 front line?

The issues Miss Nightingale championed are echoed in the response to COVID-19

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A nurse working in intensive care

International Nurses Day may be low-key, but we’ve never been more in the spotlight

COVID-19 has highlighted how vital the profession is – and how much investment is needed

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Community collaboration

When this is all over, I don’t think things will go back to how they were

Our community nursing teams have increased collaboration and enhanced rapid discharge

Expert advice

A woman looking at a web page in relation to organ donation, which reads 'register to not donate'

What you need to know about the opt-out organ donation system

The implications as England joins Wales in adopting presumed consent for organ transplant

Picture shows graduating Philippine nurses

What the global survey of the nursing workforce tells us – and what’s missing

Flawed figures for the UK are a distraction in the State of the World’s Nursing report

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nurses wearing PPE at a patient's bedside in ICU

Could dilution of ICU skill mix become the new normal once this pandemic is over?

Nursing should beware the long-term implications of decisions taken to contain COVID-19

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Illustration showing nurses parachuting into the world map, with the UK as their destination point on the map

COVID-19: without international nurses, where would the NHS or the prime minister be?

This post-Brexit pandemic has highlighted how heavily we rely on overseas-trained nurses

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Picture shows people outside a London hospital joining the Clap for Carers. Applauded for now as among the nation’s heroes, nurses must prepare for a new fight over pay in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Beyond the pandemic, nurses face a tough fight for fair pay

Applauded as the nation’s COVID-19 heroes, yet nurses will still have to compete for funding

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Competence in a new environment

COVID-19: why nurses should only work within the limits of their competence

Use your judgement when working in challenging, unfamiliar environments during the pandemic

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The army deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas' Hospital, London. Picture:Getty Images

COVID-19: Nurses are here for the public – the government must be there for them

Delivering PPE supplies is a start, but staff will need further support on the front line

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Older nurse mentoring a young nurse

Want to retain staff? Play the generation game

Learning what different generations of staff want from their job will keep them engaged

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illustration shows nurses in a variety of practice scenarios, showing how skilled and diverse the profession is

Yes, of course nursing is more than a ‘job for nice women’ – but tell that to the public

The image of nursing as women’s (low-skilled) work continues to hamper recruitment

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Nurses offer spiritual care as part of their everyday practice, for example, by holding a patient's hand or asking what matters to them

Why spiritual care is not as abstract as you may think

It’s already part of your everyday nursing practice – whether you are aware of it or not

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women discussing menopause in the workplace, using an information leaflet to help them

Menopause: it’s time to revolutionise what The Change means for nurses at work

Employers must recognise nursing is especially challenging for women who are in the menopause

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Nurse leans against a window, puffing out her cheeks and looking exhausted

No time for a break: nurses reveal what short-staffing is doing to their well-being

Whole shifts without a sip of water show what the national nurse shortage looks like close-up

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauding nurses and other health workers in Downing Street

Readers’ panel: Would a public sector pay freeze be a ‘slap in the face’ for nurses?

Nursing unions don’t like the sound of one suggestion revealed in a leaked Whitehall document

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Picture shows people in west London taking part in a Clap for Carers. Applause for nurses is a feature of the pandemic, but whether public understanding of the profession has improved is debatable.

Readers’ panel: has COVID-19 changed the public perception of nursing?

The weekly Clap for Carers is welcome recognition of the professionalism of NHS staff

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Illustration showing a nursing student on a hospital ward looking anxious

Readers’ panel: should nursing students go into practice early to help tackle COVID-19?

Third-year nursing students may receive registration to help with the pandemic

Illustration showing a nurse on one side and the same person as a doctor on the other side. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said that nurses will be able to train as doctors ‘more quickly’ now that the UK has left the EU

Readers’ panel: Should nurses be able to access a fast track into medical training?

The government has suggested nurses could train ‘more quickly’ to become doctors

Nurses report that corridor care, or boarding, has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals

Readers’ panel: Is ‘corridor care’ proof that the system is broken?

Nurses have described how ‘corridor nursing’ has increasingly become the norm

Readers’ panel: Is nursing being held back by outdated public perceptions?

A recent survey found that public perceptions of nursing are putting people off joining the profession

Reviews

Health Communication: Theoretical and critical perspectives

This frank and bold text sets out to dispel assumptions and fill a much-needed gap in health communication literature

Working Together in Clinical Supervision: A Guide for Supervisors and Supervisees

A useful, well-written book primarily aimed at less experienced supervisors and supervisees. It would be most suited to busy mental health professionals seeking an up-to-date and concise text to guide their clinical supervision

Book review: Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

Retired practice development nurse Valerie McGurk reviews Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this book, which is a refreshing and easy read while tackling a wide topic in an informative way

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

The blurb on the back cover says this book is for nurses and other professionals in mental health practice, but the contents are clearly directed towards nursing students

Positive Communication: Activities to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of...

Useful activities to help boost confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing in older people

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