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Overseas nurses: the career opportunities are there, but what about long-term support?

It’s up to recruiting organisations to provide both – and do it ethically

Domestic violence: a lack of training is stopping nurses from saving lives

Nurses in all settings come into contact with abuse victims, so should be equipped to respond

Time to drop gendered job titles and leave ‘sister’ in the past

Nursing must follow other emergency services and go genderless – or be forever undervalued

Safe staffing: is it time for mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios in England?

New workforce standards do not go far enough to help the country catch-up on safe staffing

Racism and black nurses: why profession must get on the right side of history

Pandemic exposed consequences of inequalities, but also how quickly we can change things

Nursing student attrition: we’re still waiting for data and that leaves nursing...

Why the worrying trend in students leaving shows the need for freely available information

Expert advice

Grab your nurse discounts: the cut-price offers you need to know about

Our round-up of the best offers – from eco-friendly products, days out, to your weekly shop

Treatment options: can a patient demand one over another?

Patient choice is important in clinical decision-making, but not the only consideration

Pelvic floor: how to strengthen your muscles and reduce incontinence risk

Urinary tract symptoms are common among nurses – but these simple exercises help

Backdated holiday pay: how to get any money you are owed

Find out if you’re eligible for a one-off corrective payment for ‘regular overtime’

Flu vaccination: what are the changes in this year’s programme?

The biggest immunisation campaign ever is about to launch, amid fears about NHS capacity

Agenda for Change: what nurses need to know as they consider the latest pay offer

The system aims to offer transparent pay and conditions – but is it still fit for purpose?

Editorial

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NHS pay award: having to wrangle over a fair deal is the last thing nurses need now

If ministers want to boost nurse retention, a mere 3% pay award is not the way to do it

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Could curtailing practice hours improve students’ experience of clinical placements?

New nursing student numbers are up but our attrition research suggests a complex picture

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Mandatory vaccination for nursing staff: why conversation trumps coercion

Expert persuasion is a far better way to combat vaccine hesitancy than legal diktat

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Anger over pay and staffing is not surprising, but it is preventable

Nine out of ten nurses tell our survey the don’t feel valued by politicians in power

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Nurses’ uniform: is it time to ditch the dress for good?

Lessons may be learned from the workwear experience of nurses in the pandemic

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Is nursing a calling or a career choice?

The idea of nursing as a vocation is at odds with a professional image – and salary to match

Your views

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COVID-19 vaccine delivery: what should be done to counter abuse of nurses?

Staff can help educate those who are fearful but abuse by patients must not be tolerated

Patient deaths: is there stigma in expressing emotion in the workplace?

Death is upsetting, and sometimes it can be hard to stop feelings from bubbling up

Free parking: should it remain in place for nurses after pandemic restrictions end?

Withdrawal of free permits for council car parks disadvantages community nurses

Flexible working: would better options help nurses recover from the pandemic?

Improving work-life balance could help boost well-being and even retain nurses, readers say

Is a national, standardised nursing uniform a good idea?

The NHS in England is consulting nurses on their views – and what style would work best

What should nurse employers be doing to tackle racist abuse towards staff?

A more proactive, zero tolerance stance against racism is needed, say readers

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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