Opinion

Comment

The ‘Big Quit’: would flexible working and retirement options encourage you to stay?

The NHS needs older experienced staff to stay, which will require sustained policy change

Staff retention: what would the NHS look like if nurses’ roles were respected?

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment

Industrial action around the globe: a wake-up call for leaders

With strikes and disputes on the rise, we need a grown-up discussion about healthcare funding

Protecting whistleblowers: is it time NHS managers had a code of conduct too?

Raising concerns about patient safety is part of nurses’ role, not a point of contention

Human rights are patients’ rights: how proposed reforms may affect your role

Proposed changes could be at odds with our duty of care and code of conduct

Time’s almost up for the temporary register, but how many will stay on?

As its planned closure raises another red flag, more permanent solutions must be found

Expert advice

Acting up: find out if you should be getting more money

What you need to know if you are taking on work that is not part of your normal role

Industrial action ballot: how it works and what you need to know

Our guide explains the rules on the poll and its potential impact on pay

DNACPR notices: the patient’s role in decision-making and when consent is needed

The discussions required for valid notices, and how patients and their families are involved

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Symptoms to look out for, risk factors and treatment options

Medical records: am I allowed to look at my own notes at work?

What the law says about accessing your records, plus your rights of access

Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool: how to use it in practice

Steps to identify malnutrition issues among patients and develop a care plan

Editorial

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NHS pay rise: nurses are a force to be reckoned with

Until the government values nursing there will always be recruitment and retention crises

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Striking nurses

NHS pay deal: could this be the moment when nurses decide it’s time to strike?

Calls for industrial action likely as inflation dashes hopes of progress on nurses’ pay

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Will renewed NHS parking charges be the final straw for many nurses?

Ending free parking for hospital staff is out of touch with rising cost of living pressures

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Flexible working: why the NHS must make it work if it wants to retain its nurses

Nurses deserve work-life balance and employers must find ways to help them achieve it

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NHS nurse retention: yes pay is key, but so are working conditions

Nursing staff need and deserve not just time for breaks, but the spaces to take them

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While you’re running on empty, health services are running on your guilt and goodwill

Nurses feeling duty-bound to turn up for work when sick is unfair and unsustainable

Your views

Would you feel safer if mandatory mask wearing were reintroduced for patients?

With infection rates on the rise, wearing face coverings is ‘encouraged’ in some settings

Delaying or coming out of retirement: will it help solve the patient care crisis?

Our panel consider if a ‘quick fix’ can work and if burnt-out staff will want to return

Coping with rising prices: does being a nurse leave you out of pocket?

Readers explain how the financial load could be lifted for themselves and colleagues

Despite poor pay and rising living costs, what makes you stay in the profession?

It’s a role where you make a difference, say our readers – but poor pay is a growing concern

Free period products at work: should your employer provide them?

What readers think about calls to make sanitary products free and easily available to staff

Should religious emblems worn as jewellery be exempt from nurse uniform policies?

Readers consider whether items such as crosses should be permitted, as are headscarves

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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