Opinion

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NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe flanked by two woman at roundtable consultation in Bristol

Getting it right at the NMC starts with compassion

Andrea Sutcliffe wants to take the fear out of fitness to practise processes

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Before my rare condition was finally diagnosed, I struggled to be believed

Clinicians should keep an open mind about what might seem like an obvious diagnosis

Nurse in Kenya attends to a patient

Patient safety is just not possible without the right number of nurses

World Patient Safety Day helps us focus on what the evidence says about the role of nurses

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Let the NMC know nurses need kindness, not blame

The regulator is changing its tune, with potentially big implications for fitness to practise

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Workplace stress and how not to feel undermined by other people’s negativity

Reflection allowed me to analyse an unpleasant experience and boost my resilience

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Tackling student mental health challenges together

The first-ever nursing student mental health day started a new conversation about well-being

Expert advice

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

Overprescribing

Medicines management: What can I do to help reduce overprescribing in the NHS?

Shrewd and informed prescribing can contribute to the survival of the health service

Stressed

Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost

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Legal advice: What can I do if a patient with fluctuating mental capacity refuses care?

Issues to consider when a patient’s capacity to give consent is intermittent

nurse appears stressed as needy hands surround her

NHS People Plan is refreshingly honest about the causes and extent of nurse burnout

The interim plan’s promise must now be backed up by funding and action

Editorial

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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

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End of life care survey makes compelling case for staffing law

Nursing Standard-Marie Curie survey reveals impact of staff shortages on nurses and patients

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Flavia Munn

Will convicting violent patients be an effective deterrent against attacks on nurses?

Trusts are taking legal action in a bid to put an end to violent attacks on NHS staff

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If someone asked you what your success looked like, could you tell them?

Stand-out entries in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 team category set their goals at the outset

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Two nurses looking at notes on a piece of paper

Good communication is essential to good care

Communication – with patients and colleagues – is a running theme in this month’s content

Your views

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

Pay cut

Is it ever acceptable to expect nurses to take a pay cut?

With bank staff at one trust facing a pay cut of up to 20%, our readers have their say

Readers’ panel: Should national nursing uniforms be introduced in England?

Congress debated whether England should adopt national uniforms, like the rest of the UK

Students receiving exam results

Should entry requirements be lowered to help fill empty places on nursing courses?

Our readers’ panel members have their say on the Open University’s suggestion

Readers’ panel: Should unvaccinated children be banned from school?

Health secretary Matt Hancock won’t rule out banning unvaccinated children from school

Should nurses have to report young people at risk of being caught up in knife crime?

A consultation could result in nurses being required to report young people at risk

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

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