Opinion

Editorial

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

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Welcome to an amazing career

It’s a time of year when nurses are starting their careers, and they deserve encouragement

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A new editor, a new format, but the same high standards

Nursing Standard’s new editor Lynn Eaton invites readers to help shape the news

Angela Hall

RCN Nurse of the Year 2018 does the profession proud

Angela Hall’s innovative work has transformed the care of people with heart conditions

Nurses on break

Nurses’ well-being is the key to workforce crisis

Ensuring staff can take breaks would encourage more to stay

Graham Scott

Is this the best pay offer NHS nurses can hope for? Yes, probably

The NHS pay proposal clearly doesn’t please everyone, but it is almost certainly the best...

Comment

Jane Bates: A rude reminder of my student self

Jane Bates recalls a surprising use for the tough loo rolls of yesteryear

Calorie labelling is welcome, but it won’t solve the obesity crisis

Compulsory labels can’t alone turn the tide, says RCN’s Helen Donovan

Time for a seismic shift in global healthcare

Investment in primary care is the change the world needs, says ICN director Howard Catton

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HbA1c: What's in a name? And how can I remember it?...

Remembering the name of the diabetes blood test is a challenge, says Jane Bates

NMC will listen and learn from nurses and the public

Chair Philip Graf says the regulator is committed to improving how it deals with complaints

Poster points the way for nurses to tackle trafficking

Campaign aims to help victims of sexual exploitation self-identify and seek support

Expert advice

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Workforce: collapse in district nurse numbers is happening now – action to halt it isn’t

Ministers’ ‘golden hellos’ plan to boost district nurse recruitment still hasn’t materialised

Workforce: Puzzling over the failure to scale up nurse education

England’s failure to increase training of nurses shows the profession has lost out

Student attrition targets shift from unlikely to illusory

The student attrition rate is stuck but targets to improve it seem illusory

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Legal advice: Can I take my annual leave when I want?

Holiday allowance is a legal right but when you take it must be arranged with your employer

Nurses liable for making medication errors

Gosport scandal: nurses need to be aware of the liabilities of making medication errors

Nurses could be struck off or even face criminal charges for administering medicines wrongly

NZ Safe staffing strike

Nurse pay: UK unions need to follow New Zealand’s lead

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has negotiated an impressive pay deal

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...

Pain: A Sociological Introduction

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

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

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

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

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

Your views

Readers’ panel: Are efforts to increase flu vaccination rates for nurses excessive?

Readers comment on calls for front-line staff who do not have the flu jab to be redeployed

Where is the support for our struck-off nursing colleague?

Nurse Isabel Amaro received little support from her profession, unlike her colleague, doctor...

Does a ‘put up and shut up’ culture pervade the NHS?

RCN mental health forum chair Ed Freshwater says bullying is not taken seriously enough

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Readers’ panel: What should the new health and social care secretary prioritise?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on what Matt Hancock should focus on

Readers’ panel: Will the government’s funding rise put the NHS on a secure footing?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the planned £20.5 billion-a-year boost

Should the government rethink the 2012 NHS reforms?

Elements of the Health and Social Care Act may be scrapped as part of a multi-year NHS...

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