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Three nurses stand together, smiling

As nurses, we need fun – and respect – if we are to survive the stresses of the job

Colleagues of my vintage remember when there was more room for camaraderie, says Jane Bates

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking to a patient on a ward, accompanied by healthcare staff

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, says the RCN’s new director for England

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, and we must use it to ensure election promises are made good, says the RCN’s new director for England

woman lies on sofa under blanket, glancing at tablets and a glass of water of the coffee table next to her

Sickness reviews and your rights: don’t be alarmed if you’re asked to explain time off

Advice on nurses’ rights when employers trigger investigations into sickness absence

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

Picture shows upper part of Big Ben at dusk with a statue of a horse and chariot in the foreground. Struggling to adapt to the changing pace of life after retiring from nursing, Jane Bates lists some of the mental triggers that still keep her on edge.

I may have retired from nursing, but nursing has not retired from me

Recently-retired Jane Bates reflects on the everyday triggers that keep her on her toes

Howard Catton

Let’s make 2020 our chance to push for more nurse funding

Year of the Nurse and Midwife presents an opportunity to advance the profession

Expert advice

nurse's hands hold up sign saying 'help wanted'

People can see there are nurse shortages – and they expect the government to act

Politicians need to listen to what the public is telling them about the NHS

International nurse recruitment

How will the Conservative election pledge of 50,000 more nurses by 2024/25 be realised?

The pledge may well be broken without increased reliance on international recruitment

Picture shows a group of overseas nurses, with a young woman smiling in the foreground. The article says the international recruitment solution cannot be ignored.

The nurse shortage solution we cannot ignore

Reliance on recruitment of overseas nurses from outside the EU is already happening

There has been a slight increase in the number of nursing students Picture: iStock

We need more university places to boost the number of nurses

Despite a small increase in students joining nursing courses, we are not recruiting enough

Picture shows older woman taking medication from a dosette box.

Medicines management: Are pill organisers a risk to patient safety?

Problems can arise when patients switch to medication compliance aids

Will the 'magic money tree' bear fruit for NHS nurses?

When will the magic money tree bear fruit for nurses?

The new government shows little sign of addressing nursing concerns such as shortstaffing

Editorial

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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

A group of students in a corridor. The next generation need our support to thrive in nursing. Picture: iStock

To the nurses of tomorrow – hello and welcome

Take a look at our resources for nursing’s next generation, and existing workforce

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A nurse asks another about their well-being

Tell us about your well-being at work – and what can be done to improve it

Our Nursing Standard survey will be used to influence policymakers

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Return-to-practice nurse

NHS People Plan promises are simple – but keeping them won’t be

Pledges in the interim plan need to be backed up with concrete action on staffing

Your views

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

illustration shows nursing support worker standing between opposing boxing gloves in red and blue

Nursing associates and assistant practitioners: let’s end the needless rivalry

These nurse support roles are similar but different, and deserve equal respect

Picture shows a staff member at the canteen of a hospice in London. Lack of breaks and junk food from vending machines are said to contribute to nurses being overweight or obese, and protected mealtimes are being advocated to help tackle the issue.

Readers’ panel: Are protected mealtimes for nurses needed to tackle workforce obesity?

Lack of breaks and junk food availability are said to contribute to nurses being overweight

man standing outside, smoking. A hospital trust has banned smoking on its site, even outdoors

Should hospitals employ people to enforce blanket smoking bans – even in parked cars?

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has a site-wide smoking ban. Readers have their say

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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