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Does my manager have the right to phone me when I am off sick?

We explain your rights and obligations, plus how often is too often when it comes to contact

Suicide among nurses: how we can reduce risk and stigma by simply talking

Ways to support colleagues through open, honest discussions

How to support young caregivers – an often unseen network

Patient care planning should take into account young people who care for family members

What nurses really want for Christmas: better pay and conditions

The profession deserves a better deal all round, all year, not a teabag ‘thank you’ treat

We can’t rebuild health services without it – so who’s focusing on staff well-being?

Shortages and pandemic pressures have caused high rates of mental ill-health among nurses

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Is it any wonder grateful patients want to slip underpaid nurses some money?

Taking cash gifts is a no-no, but if nurses were paid properly, the issue might not arise

Expert advice

What to say to patients and the public about why nurses are going on strike in the NHS

Tips on how to reassure patients and debunk myths about cushy pensions and starting pay

Money-saving tips, cards and apps to cut your Christmas costs

The discounts on offer for food, fuel and treats ahead of the festive season

Is laughing gas safe and what can I tell recreational users about managing their risk?

Evidence-based advice on the health implications of inhaling nitrous oxide

What nurses’ strikes will mean for those who didn’t vote for them

How action will work and how those providing life-preserving care can cross picket lines

Can a cuppa help prevent dehydration – or is there such a thing as too much tea?

There is some confusion over whether it improves patient hydration and has health benefits

Language tests for overseas nurses: how are the rules changing?

What the NMC’s new requirements will mean for internationally-trained staff

Editorial

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Whatever you stance on striking, you deserve respect and fairness in your workplace

This is a time for nursing staff – whether striking of not– to maintain a united front

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Nurses’ strike ballot: a profession left with no other option

The new government has failed to offer solutions to NHS staffing and pay crises

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Should specialist nurses be asked to help cover cleaning duties on wards?

Nurses turn to social media to call out disrespectful request that undermines profession

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NHS pay rise: nurses are a force to be reckoned with

Until the government values nursing there will always be recruitment and retention crises

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Striking nurses

NHS pay deal: could this be the moment when nurses decide it’s time to strike?

Calls for industrial action likely as inflation dashes hopes of progress on nurses’ pay

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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

Your views

Accepting gifts: is NMC’s stance unnecessarily strict?

Rule is designed to promote trust in the profession and protect nurses and patients

Is the NMC right to relax language requirements for nurses from overseas?

It will help skilled nurses to enter the UK workforce, but some have concerns about safety

Does compassionate nurse leadership exist in practice, or just in theory?

Despite good intentions, it may not be easy to implement in the reality of the workplace

Should NHS employers offer menopause leave to their staff?

Time off to manage symptoms could help retain nurses, but beware unintended consequences

Would you feel safer if mandatory mask wearing were reintroduced for patients?

With infection rates on the rise, wearing face coverings is ‘encouraged’ in some settings

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

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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