Good management, not legislation, is the key to safe staffing

UK-wide safe staffing laws are only a small part of the solution

End of life care: nurses offer much-needed continuity amid often fragmented services

Nurses can take the lead in timely planning and multi-agency collaboration, says Marie Curie

Collective leadership is nursing’s direction of travel

Every nurse must be encouraged and empowered to take collective leadership, says Ruth May

Decriminalise prostitution – it’s the best way to safeguard sex workers’ health

Sexual health nurse Louise Cahill explains why she asked RCN congress to back her call

Jane Bates: Life is about endings and beginnings and it’s time for me to bid you goodbye

I may be retiring from nursing (and this column) but a nurse will always be who I am

The #whatnurseswear campaign shows what nurses can achieve using social media

Nurses command respect for the profession by uniting to challenge outdated attitudes

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