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When patient choice becomes a decision-making dilemma

Not everyone is comfortable with a ‘choose your own’ approach to care, says Jane Bates

Reporting to senior colleagues

Reporting concerns about a senior colleague is a necessary act of courage

Whistleblowing is never easy – particularly if the person is in a position of power

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CPD: is your employer reluctant to give you protected learning time?

Nurses struggling to negotiate time out during working hours can seek support

A person writing a prescription. Nurses undertake the community nurse prescribing course or the independent nurse prescribing course to become prescribers

Nurse prescribing is about being a maxi-nurse, not a mini-doctor

In an overstretched NHS, prescribing enables nurses to be more efficient and autonomous

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Climate change is a global issue, but nurses see its effects close-up

Health threats from global warming make the need to end the nurse shortage extra-urgent

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As nurses, we need fun – and respect – if we are to survive the stresses of the job

Colleagues of my vintage remember when there was more room for camaraderie, says Jane Bates

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The voice of nurses has never been stronger, says the RCN’s new director for England

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, and we must use it to ensure election promises are made good, says the RCN’s new director for England

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Sickness reviews and your rights: don’t be alarmed if you’re asked to explain time off

Advice on nurses’ rights when employers trigger investigations into sickness absence

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

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I may have retired from nursing, but nursing has not retired from me

Recently-retired Jane Bates reflects on the everyday triggers that keep her on her toes

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Let’s make 2020 our chance to push for more nurse funding

Year of the Nurse and Midwife presents an opportunity to advance the profession

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Bullying at work: we all know nursing is far from immune, but support is out there

Whether you’re being bullied, or witnessing it, the RCN’s Josephine Brady offers advice

When nurse and carer roles collide: the pressures of nursing a dying loved one

Delivering end of life care can change a family relationship

Ethical nursing practice means being willing to show moral courage – despite the risks

Develop the confidence to have a say in complex decision-making

End of life care: my experience as a nurse and daughter

Nurse Alison Woods describes her contrasting emotions during her mum's final days

HIV: if we can achieve normalised testing we’ll be helping to banish the stigma for good

As nurses, let’s build on all the advances that have transformed care since the bleak 1980s

Nursing shortage: the nettle politicians struggle to grasp

The NHS workforce crisis needs joined-up government action, not empty election promises

Election promises don’t go far enough to remedy our nurse and student shortfalls

Funding for nurse education needs to be across the board, not robbing Peter to pay Paul

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