Opinion

Editorial

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Good communication is essential to good care

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

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Lynn Eaton

‘Big picture’ political issues become nurses’ daily reality

While the RCN and the country face uncertain times, nursing care continues

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RCN no confidence vote: I hope the situation doesn’t become a political football

Turmoil at the RCN should not distract us from what really matters – elevating nursing care

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Welcome to an amazing career

It’s a time of year when nurses are starting their careers, and they deserve encouragement

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A new editor, a new format, but the same high standards

Nursing Standard’s new editor Lynn Eaton invites readers to help shape the news

Angela Hall

RCN Nurse of the Year 2018 does the profession proud

Angela Hall’s innovative work has transformed the care of people with heart conditions

Comment

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Placements are a vital piece of the general practice staffing puzzle

A practice nurse prescriber says student placements help build the workforce of the future

Jane Bates

Jane Bates: My message to NHS managers this festive season

Our columnist’s thoughts turn to Christmas, killjoys… and rhyming couplets

How you can protect patients from financial scams

Community nurses should tackle financial abuse, says QNI Scotland's Clare Cable

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Janes Bates: you are wrong about agency nurses, Mr Health Secretary

Agency nurses don't demoralise NHS staff – it's the sheer lack of nurses that's the problem

Confused woman taking a pill

Why can't drug names be easy to pronounce?

A surprising answer leaves Jane Bates incredulous

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Forget the bursary – nursing students need a new funding solution

It’s time to recognise the contribution nursing students make, says Kelly Hitchcock

Expert advice

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Workforce: England is falling behind on safe staffing

The government would do well to follow the examples of our closest neighbours

Diabetes in hospital

What can I do to help improve medication safety for patients with diabetes?

How to be at the forefront of the drive to improve care for inpatients with diabetes

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The extent of reliance on agency nurses points to the depth of the malaise in the NHS

Temporary staff now have to cover chronic nursing shortages, not just unplanned absence

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Legal advice: Can I accept a fee for giving a presentation at a conference?

As a nurse, it's important to avoid being seen to endorse a product or service

Legal advice: Are patients allowed to read their bedside notes?

Patients are sometimes allowed to see bedside notes but have no automatic right to do so

district nurse take woman's blood pressure

Workforce: collapse in district nurse numbers is happening now – action to halt it isn’t

Ministers’ ‘golden hellos’ plan to boost district nurse recruitment still hasn’t materialised

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

Your views

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Readers’ panel: Is it right to expect nurses to be role models for healthy weight? 

Clinicians who are obese are less able to give patients health advice, says NHS England

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Readers’ panel: Was Matt Hancock right to say use of agency staff is ‘demoralising’?

The health secretary vowed to tackle agency spend. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Readers’ panel: Are efforts to increase flu vaccination rates for nurses excessive?

Readers comment on calls for front-line staff who do not have the flu jab to be redeployed

Where is the support for our struck-off nursing colleague?

Nurse Isabel Amaro received little support from her profession, unlike her colleague, doctor...

Does a ‘put up and shut up’ culture pervade the NHS?

RCN mental health forum chair Ed Freshwater says bullying is not taken seriously enough

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Readers’ panel: What should the new health and social care secretary prioritise?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on what Matt Hancock should focus on

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