Opinion

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Talking to patients: are careful words more important than honesty?

Some common clinical terms demean or disempower patients, a study suggests

Why I helped to prosecute a patient after I was assaulted in the emergency department

Nurses should not have to accept acts of aggression from patients as ‘part of the job’

Racist abuse in the NHS: ignoring patients’ prejudice doesn’t make it go away

Managers expect staff to put up with insults, and when we don’t we’re called confrontational

Work-life balance in practice: overcoming negative thoughts in difficult times

Fight off the challenging news cycle and boost your mood by ‘planning’ happiness everyday

Safe staffing is not a local issue – but England seems to have missed the memo

Legislated nurse-to-patient ratios are gaining support globally, so why not here?

Short-staffed and attacked by patients, are UK nurses being driven to extinction?

Managers feed the staffing crisis when they show indifference to attacks on team members

Expert advice

NMC registration fee: where your money goes, plus how to get help to pay

What to do if you’re worried you’ll struggle to pay the £120, or have missed a payment

NHS mileage allowances: what are you entitled to and why it needs an urgent update

Nurses have been hit hard by rising fuel costs as NHS mileage allowances fail to cover costs

Mental capacity: when can relatives make treatment decisions for a patient?

What you need to know about the Mental Capacity Act and lasting power of attorney

Verification and certification of death: what is a nurse’s role in the process?

The obligations and processes related to patient death

Nurse’s professional profile is viewed on a phone

Advertising your services: how to stay on the right side of the regulators

Social media is a useful tool if you’re self-employed, but there are rules to bear in mind

Finance apps: the help you need to manage your money and find offers and discounts

With living costs rising sharply, take a look at our list of apps that put you in control

Editorial

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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

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Mandatory vaccination: ‘no jab, no job’ rule is more like ‘no sense, no sensitivity’

Staggeringly high staff sickness levels must force the government to think again

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Where next?: how the pandemic has made nurses reconsider their careers

Whether leaving the register, changing roles or improving practice, your well-being is vital

Your views

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

What are your hopes for nursing in 2022?

Well-being support, improved pay, or simply a break – what’s on your wish-list?

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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