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No Yeah Buts

Nurses need to focus on their own health even though the odds are stacked against them

A new film aims to help nurses ditch coping mechanisms that are damaging their health

man listens to diabetes advice

Diabetes: how nurses can empower patients to achieve realistic lifestyle change

Enable the patient to take responsibility for their own diabetes management

Diversity illustration

Why the gloomy claims about BME representation at board level don’t add up

Don’t believe the assertion that diversity on NHS boards is declining, writes WRES director

Self-harm consultation

Leave judgement at the door when talking about self-harm

Like many harmful coping strategies, self-harm provides short-term relief

2020, Year of the Nurse and Midwife

How nurses can use their expertise to influence global health policy

ICN chief Howard Catton looks at what the Year of the Nurse and Midwife has in store

nursing associate talks to patient and relative

NHS People Plan: we need ambition, funding and leaders who are legally accountable

Safe staffing crisis is crying out for solutions that are radical, says RCN England director

Expert advice

nurse appears stressed as needy hands surround her

NHS People Plan is refreshingly honest about the causes and extent of nurse burnout

The interim plan’s promise must now be backed up by funding and action

football hits the back of the net

If ministers fear Brexit’s impact on football, what do they think it’ll do to the NHS? 

Nursing – like top-flight football – can’t afford to see foreign talent turned away

Workforce: Legislation alone won’t solve this staffing crisis

Whether England follows Wales or Scotland’s lead, there are other factors to consider

Workforce: Nursing numbers – running hard but not keeping up

Rising staffing levels are failing to keep up with growth in patient admissions

Staff rota

Can I swap shifts with another nurse if they haven’t seen the rota yet?

It may seem like a simple switch, but there’s usually more to it, advises Marc Cornock

Inequalilty

Workforce: We must close the persistent gender gap in opportunities and pay

Improving working conditions for women in nursing will strengthen the profession as a whole

Editorial

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End of life care survey makes compelling case for staffing law

Nursing Standard-Marie Curie survey reveals impact of staff shortages on nurses and patients

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Flavia Munn

Will convicting violent patients be an effective deterrent against attacks on nurses?

Trusts are taking legal action in a bid to put an end to violent attacks on NHS staff

nurse talks to team colleagues

If someone asked you what your success looked like, could you tell them?

Stand-out entries in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 team category set their goals at the outset

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Two nurses looking at notes on a piece of paper

Good communication is essential to good care

Communication – with patients and colleagues – is a running theme in this month’s content

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Lynn Eaton

‘Big picture’ political issues become nurses’ daily reality

While the RCN and the country face uncertain times, nursing care continues

RCN HQ

RCN no confidence vote: I hope the situation doesn’t become a political football

Turmoil at the RCN should not distract us from what really matters – elevating nursing care

Your views

Readers’ panel: Should national nursing uniforms be introduced in England?

Congress debated whether England should adopt national uniforms, like the rest of the UK

Students receiving exam results

Should entry requirements be lowered to help fill empty places on nursing courses?

Our readers’ panel members have their say on the Open University’s suggestion

Readers’ panel: Should unvaccinated children be banned from school?

Health secretary Matt Hancock won’t rule out banning unvaccinated children from school

Should nurses have to report young people at risk of being caught up in knife crime?

A consultation could result in nurses being required to report young people at risk

Nursing degree apprentice in training

Readers’ panel: Is investment in nursing degree apprenticeships value for money?

NHS Employers reveals cost of training apprentices is far higher than undergraduate nurses

Readers’ panel: Should nurses be allowed to take naps on night shifts?

The Health Foundation is funding research on support for staff working night shifts

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...

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

A useful, well-written book primarily aimed at less experienced supervisors and supervisees...

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...

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

The blurb on the back cover says this book is for nurses and other professionals in mental...

Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this...

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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