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Why it’s not enough to focus on nurse numbers

Without the right skill mix across the healthcare team, it's not safe staffing

Jane Bates: Preserving dignity in the face of illness

Grooming can help patients hold on to their dignity and avoid being overwhelmed by illness

How to make nurses confident about research

Ensuring nurses can use and produce research starts with ‘hands-on’ preregistration education

How can we support patients through the menopause if the NHS can’t support staff?

Health services risk losing experienced nurses because of a failure to acknowledge symptoms

Random acts of kindness do nursing proud

Despite pressure of work the kindness of nurses has diminished not a jot, says Jane Bates

Pressure to cope is damaging our mental health

Nursing needs to acknowledge it’s okay not to be okay

What is it about nurses that makes us seem fair game for personal remarks?

The things some people say to us are just plain rude, says Jane Bates

Even handmaidens need handovers

No one should be expected to start a new post without a handover, says Jane Bates

What to say to help patients see incontinence need not be inevitable

Encouraging individuals to open up about continence can be life-changing for them

Sometimes there’s just no way round raising the delicate matter of personal hygiene

Jane Bates on when duty of care to a preoperative patient has to trump your blushes

Aseptic technique: how do we achieve best practice across diverse settings?

The RCN wants your views on shaping a core skill in the absence of evidence

It’s fantasy that a fully decriminalised sex trade protects women

Legally sanctioned brothels only benefit the pimps, says nurse and campaigner Ellen Grogan

Why the NHS needs a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal

We must break the deadlock and reassure our EU nurses, says the RCN’s Dame Donna Kinnair

Brexit-weariness may be catching, and the prognosis isn’t good

Jane Bates has identified news-related conditions she’d like to add to the medical dictionary

What do you want from safe staffing legislation?

Now is our chance to create a UK-wide culture change, says the RCN’s Theresa Fyffe

Tiresome taboo over period pains

It is time to stop being embarrassed about menstruation, says Jane Bates

Focus on nursing associates and you’ll miss the big picture

Knee-jerk reaction to nurse shortages is not a solution, says Dame Jill Macleod Clark

My wish for a life without emotional blackmail

Unfair pressure to do extra work is the bane of a nurse’s life, says Jane Bates

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