Opinion

Comment

Dying from inequality as much as from COVID-19: the reality for deprived communities

Nurses see the impact of poverty in the pandemic, and we must advocate for the disadvantaged

Tax avoidance schemes: how to know if you’ve been targeted

HMRC warns of the hidden costs and penalties for agency nurses and other healthcare workers

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Nurse wearing a face mask – COVID-19 face coverings pose communication challenges for healthcare staff and people who are deaf or have dementia

Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

Priority COVID-19 vaccination means all nurses, not just those in the NHS

Front-line staff at care homes, agencies and other private workplaces mustn’t be left behind

‘I know some of you want to run away and not come back – you didn’t sign up for this’

A former AIDS nurse’s message to colleagues on today’s coronavirus front line

Mass traumatisation of nurses makes need to invest in profession more pressing than ever

Pandemic’s pressures likely to force many exhausted nurses to quit

Expert advice

Does my employer have the right to cancel annual leave I have already booked?

Lawyer explains how your rights to time off are affected by COVID-19 pandemic

A nurse on a ward receiving a patient's gift of flowers

Legal advice: Can I accept gifts from patients?

What the NMC code says about nurses accepting gifts, plus how it might be interpreted

Dan Martin

Nurses and exercise: boost your physical activity without going to the gym

Small steps to increase your movement, mood and help your relationships with others

Attrition

Student attrition: why we need to be systematic in tackling it

Lack of standardised data hampers efforts to help students stay the course to graduation

Nursing applications are up, but even ‘heroes’ experience burnout

The COVID-19-related impact on nurses’ image is no long-term fix for nurse retention

I need a doctor’s appointment: does my employer have to give me time off?

Find out when you have the right to time off during working hours – and when you don’t

Editorial

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Shift patterns: why nurses deserve greater say over when they work

Ability to plan around work commitments is key to nurses’ work-life balance

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Pay rise for nurses: a better deal can no longer be a matter for debate

The case for fair pay in the NHS is crystal clear, and it is made every day by this pandemic

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Our well-being centre is a hub for mental health support in these toughest of times

The pandemic is putting nurses under immense emotional strain, but we’re here to help

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If ministers make one new year’s resolution, it should be to fund nurses’ pay properly

Nurse staffing must be a priority area too – 2020 offers ample evidence of that

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End of life care in a pandemic: the emotional cost to nurses

I have seen first-hand how nurses rise to the challenge – but they must be offered support

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Long-COVID, a term that is all too apt as we plan for our pandemic winter

Nurses must get the safeguards they deserve as they prepare for a second wave of infections

Your views

How can nurses help allay fears about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine hesitancy and the spread of misinformation can be barriers to vaccine uptake

Should nursing students be paid for clinical placements beyond COVID-19?

The competing demands of making ends meet and keeping learning distinct from work

Nurses’ wish-list: what is the number one priority for the profession in 2021?

As COVID-19 pandemic continues, better pay and safe staffing have never been more important

Should the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for front-line healthcare staff?

Vaccine trials are showing positive results, and nursing staff will be given priority access

COVID-19: is enough being done to support nurses’ mental health?

As the second wave of the pandemic intensifies, many healthcare staff are already exhausted

Violence against nurses: will harsher sentences for assaults on emergency workers help?

In 2021, the maximum penalty in England and Wales will double to two years in prison

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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