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Being diagnosed with cancer was like being let in on a secret

After being told she has a rare tumour, nurse Bethann Siviter turns to Google for answers

students hold 'fund our future' placards

Nursing students in England deserve much more than just our bursary back

The #FundOurFuture campaign is calling for a whole new funding package for nurse education

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End the isolation caused by a lack of fully accessible public toilets

People with complex disabilities need Changing Places larger, better-equipped loos

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

My message for every nurse: policy matters so make sure you help shape it

ICN’s Howard Catton calls on all nurses to get involved in politics and decision-making

You don’t have to be a specialist to give continence support to people with dementia

Nurses can offer understanding, assessment and a plan to manage incontinence

Mature student

The right course at the right time: becoming a mature nursing student

A former teacher on overcoming the challenges in choosing a nursing career later in life

Expert advice

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

football hits the back of the net

If ministers fear Brexit’s impact on football, what do they think it’ll do to the NHS? 

Nursing – like top-flight football – can’t afford to see foreign talent turned away

Workforce: Legislation alone won’t solve this staffing crisis

Whether England follows Wales or Scotland’s lead, there are other factors to consider

Workforce: Nursing numbers – running hard but not keeping up

Rising staffing levels are failing to keep up with growth in patient admissions

Editorial

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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

nurse talks to team colleagues

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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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

Your views

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

Nursing degree apprentice in training

Readers’ panel: Is investment in nursing degree apprenticeships value for money?

NHS Employers reveals cost of training apprentices is far higher than undergraduate nurses

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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