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Coping during COVID-19: how creativity can help you step back from stress

We’re not infallible, says the photographer behind Manchester’s giant nurse mural

COVID-19: what governments can do now to protect nurses

Deaths among healthcare workers match first world war figures – and risks must be recognised

Free school meals campaign showed the best of us – from footballers to nurses

Starving children belong in Dickensian novels, not modern-day Britain

COVID-19 tests: what HIV nursing can teach us about the importance of pastoral care

Why we must not underestimate the emotional impact of receiving a positive result

If you have nagging worries about poor care, be brave and speak up

Nurses have a duty to escalate concerns, so the NMC has issued advice on taking a stand

COVID-19 and nurse well-being: how to ensure staff aren’t afraid to come to work

What exhausted, overstretched and anxious front-line staff need now from senior leaders

Expert advice

Attrition

Student attrition: why we need to be systematic in tackling it

Lack of standardised data hampers efforts to help students stay the course to graduation

Nursing applications are up, but even ‘heroes’ experience burnout

The COVID-19-related impact on nurses’ image is no long-term fix for nurse retention

I need a doctor’s appointment: does my employer have to give me time off?

Find out when you have the right to time off during working hours – and when you don’t

The UK needs foreign nurses to keep coming, but the pandemic is stopping them

The flow of overseas nurses has all but dried up since the coronavirus outbreak

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Does my employer have to give me time off for a job interview?

Your nursing contract may not cover this step in your job search, so be prepared to negotiate

Can I leave a nursing job without working the full notice period?

Be aware of the consequences if leaving will put you in breach of contract

Editorial

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The pandemic proves that when nurses speak, governments should listen

Nurse staffing must be a priority area for ministers – 2020 offers ample evidence of that

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End of life care in a pandemic: the emotional cost to nurses

I have seen first-hand how nurses rise to the challenge – but they must be offered support

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Long-COVID, a term that is all too apt as we plan for our pandemic winter

Nurses must get the safeguards they deserve as they prepare for a second wave of infections

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Students can see the value in a nursing career – let’s not put them off

More people are starting nursing courses this year, despite an ill-conceived recruitment advert

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Prime minister Boris Johnson clapping outside No 10 Downing Street. Picture: Alamy

There should be no need to explain why nurses deserve a pay rise now

After the COVID-19 crisis, many are rightly angry over the recent public sector increase

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montage of images of nursing staff who died in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

In remembrance: we invite you to share memories of colleagues who died in the pandemic

We hope online Book of Remembrance will be a comfort to bereaved families of nursing staff

Your views

Should the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for front-line healthcare staff?

Vaccine trials are showing positive results, and nursing staff will be given priority access

COVID-19: is enough being done to support nurses’ mental health?

As the second wave of the pandemic intensifies, many healthcare staff are already exhausted

Violence against nurses: will harsher sentences for assaults on emergency workers help?

In 2021, the maximum penalty in England and Wales will double to two years in prison

Readers’ panel: How prepared is the NHS for a second wave of COVID-19?

Nurses know more now about caring for patients with COVID-19, but they’re exhausted

A woman walking down a corridor in a hospital

Readers’ panel: will a pay rise be enough to stop nurses leaving the profession?

A broad boost in pay does not apply to nurses, yet many say they may quit over poor pay

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Readers’ panel: should suspensions have been lifted for some nurses amid the pandemic?

The NMC removed the fitness to practise sanctions to boost the front-line workforce

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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