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Starting university

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

Nurses on break

Nurses’ well-being is the key to workforce crisis

Ensuring staff can take breaks would encourage more to stay

Graham Scott

Is this the best pay offer NHS nurses can hope for? Yes, probably

The NHS pay proposal clearly doesn’t please everyone, but it is almost certainly the best...

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New website

A new-look website to suit your needs

Enhanced websites and a new app accompany the launch of our new, monthly Nursing Standard,...

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NHS terminology is a craft in itself

Patients are often confused by the language we use in healthcare – and it's no wonder, says...

Brexit raises the risk of dangerous delays in the supply of medicines

Clarity is needed about how the supply of medicines might be affected by a ‘no deal’ Brexit

Don't rush to lift e-cigarette bans in mental healthcare settings...

Allowing vaping risks more than a return to smoke-filled rooms

Confusing language

Jane Bates: mind your language to avoid a 'right old stew' ...

Every language has an array of confusing phrases that are part of everyday speech and we...

Helen Whiting

How profile forms help us see the patient as an individual

Critical care unit staff found a simple way to enhance person-centred care

Jane Bates: Patients need to keep their cool

Jane Bates struggles with patients’ demands to keep the hospital cool during a heatwave

Expert advice

Student attrition targets shift from unlikely to illusory

The student attrition rate is stuck but targets to improve it seem illusory

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Legal advice: Can I take my annual leave when I want?

Holiday allowance is a legal right but when you take it must be arranged with your employer

Nurses liable for making medication errors

Gosport scandal: nurses need to be aware of the liabilities of making medication errors

Nurses could be struck off or even face criminal charges for administering medicines wrongly

NZ Safe staffing strike

Nurse pay: UK unions need to follow New Zealand’s lead

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has negotiated an impressive pay deal

Public wants EU nurses

Recruitment contradictions only confuse the post-Brexit plan

Most leave voters want the UK to continue recruiting EU nurses, but how will that work?

Technology

The risks of technology can outweigh the benefits

Patient safety and confidentiality may be under threat in the increasingly digital workplace

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

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

Readers’ panel: Will the government’s funding rise put the NHS on a secure footing?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the planned £20.5 billion-a-year boost

Should the government rethink the 2012 NHS reforms?

Elements of the Health and Social Care Act may be scrapped as part of a multi-year NHS...

Gender stereotypes have no place in defence of pay deal

Gender and social media posts will not affect vote

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