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Nursing after COVID-19: the long-term impact of our high-profile role

Stark images during the pandemic have dispelled old myths and stereotypes about nurses

Wearing a face mask to the shop is a small price to pay to save lives

Preventing further spread of COVID-19 is the least we can do to thank front-line workers

Care homes and COVID-19: the hidden impact of visiting restrictions

Without steps to allow families access, the psychological effect of lockdowns will be immense

Could survivor’s guilt be a lasting impact for patients recovering from COVID-19?

Research nurses say some patients experience anxiety and guilt after discharge

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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

PPE is vital, but gloves are no substitute for hand hygiene

Hand hygiene remains the key to preventing the spread of infection

Expert advice

Can I leave a nursing job without working the full notice period?

Be aware of the consequences if leaving will put you in breach of contract

A decent pay rise for nurses may take more than public support this time

With competing demands on public funds, a tough strategy for pay talks is needed

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us why embracing tech is so important for the NHS

The health service has committed to develop take up, but more funding is needed

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Picture shows a woman looking at an electronic tablet displaying a page about careers in healthcare.

Even the suggestion of a pay freeze for nurses will hurt recruitment chances

The profession’s image is at an all-time high, but promises don’t last long in politics

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 Illustration shows a female figure holding an umbrella to shield herself, with white lines being deflected by the umbrella. 

COVID-19 and professional indemnity: what nurses need to know

Ensuring nurses on the temporary register have indemnity in every sense of the word

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

Editorial

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Prime minister Boris Johnson clapping outside No 10 Downing Street. Picture: Alamy

There should be no need to explain why nurses deserve a pay rise now

After the COVID-19 crisis, many are rightly angry over the recent public sector increase

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montage of images of nursing staff who died in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

In remembrance: we invite you to share memories of colleagues who died in the pandemic

We hope online Book of Remembrance will be a comfort to bereaved families of nursing staff

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Waterloo street art - NHS heroes

Nurses deserve a pay rise fit for ‘heroes’

Praise is welcome, but it’s time the profession secured a different kind of recognition

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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

Your views

A woman walking down a corridor in a hospital

Readers’ panel: will a pay rise be enough to stop nurses leaving the profession?

A broad boost in pay does not apply to nurses, yet many say they may quit over poor pay

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Readers’ panel: should suspensions have been lifted for some nurses amid the pandemic?

The NMC removed the fitness to practise sanctions to boost the front-line workforce

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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

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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