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Emergency department worker wearing PPE

COVID-19: how we have prepared for the surge that’s yet to come

An emergency nurse in Belfast says vital work has seen staff pull together like never before

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Worried about social media content

COVID-19: when our social media posts shift from sharing concerns to fuelling anxiety

As the public looks for guidance online, it’s important that nurses choose their words wisely

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COVID-19: illustration showing how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

COVID-19: how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

Blurring organisational boundaries and how we share information are among the changes

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Applauding NHS workers

COVID-19: the love being shown to nurses needs to translate into action

When the applause quietens, nurses must be assured they will be equipped to do their job

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COVID-19 emergency teams

COVID-19: amid fear and anxiety, we must look after each other

An emergency nurse’s experience of coping with the constantly evolving coronavirus crisis

An older lady sitting on a hospital bed. Picture: iStock

Pain management in older people: the changes you can make to improve quality of life

Addressing patient needs starts with thorough pain assessment – here’s what you need to know

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Illustration of a man holding an umbrella which is protecting him from falling arrows. Indemnity insurance is a way to protect yourself against a legal liability or loss. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: the importance of professional indemnity

What the Coronavirus Act 2020 means for those joining the NHS on the temporary register

Vector image of figures in fancy dress. Even if you own your uniform, before lending it out remember you need to uphold the image of the profession and respect your employer.

Can I lend my nursing uniform to a friend to wear at a fancy dress party?

It may seem harmless, but you need to consider the image of the profession and your employer

Woman looking at an estate agent's window

Upgrading hospitals is pointless if you don’t upgrade nurses’ pay and housing

The government must act fast to help staff who are struggling to make ends meet

woman sits at her desk, looking at her phone and blowing her nose

When does feeling unwell tip over into being too sick to work?

There are degrees of sickness and not all of them mean nurses are unfit for any work at all

Picture shows a female medic sitting at a desk and writing. The health secretary’s humorous defence of his pledge on nurse numbers takes the focus off the real point, says James Buchan.

With an ageing workforce, nurse numbers is no laughing matter

The health secretary’s defence of his ‘more nurses’ pledge takes the focus off the real point

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Why the current rules mean only a DNAR can offer certainty on resuscitation

Until the NMC clarifies its position on CPR, nurses and employers may face a practice dilemma, says Marc Cornock

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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

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Nurses offer spiritual care as part of their everyday practice, for example, by holding a patient's hand or asking what matters to them

Why spiritual care is not as abstract as you may think

It’s already part of your everyday nursing practice – whether you are aware of it or not

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women discussing menopause in the workplace, using an information leaflet to help them

Menopause: it’s time to revolutionise what The Change means for nurses at work

Employers must recognise nursing is especially challenging for women who are in the menopause

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Nurse leans against a window, puffing out her cheeks and looking exhausted

No time for a break: nurses reveal what short-staffing is doing to their well-being

Whole shifts without a sip of water show what the national nurse shortage looks like close-up

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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

Nurses report that corridor care, or boarding, has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals

Readers’ panel: Is ‘corridor care’ proof that the system is broken?

Nurses have described how ‘corridor nursing’ has increasingly become the norm

Readers’ panel: Is nursing being held back by outdated public perceptions?

A recent survey found that public perceptions of nursing are putting people off joining the profession

Illiustration highlighting the value of paid versus unpaid breaks for nurses

Readers’ panel: Are employers who insist on unpaid breaks exploiting staff?

Moves to standardise rotas could increase nurses’ working hours as a result of unpaid breaks

A patient with their head in their hands

Readers’ panel: Will evidence of inadequate care force action on nurse shortages?

CQC report says staffing pressures are contributing to a ‘perfect storm’ for patients

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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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