Expert advice

Will the 'magic money tree' bear fruit for NHS nurses?

When will the magic money tree bear fruit for nurses?

The new government shows little sign of addressing nursing concerns such as shortstaffing

Overprescribing

Medicines management: What can I do to help reduce overprescribing in the NHS?

Shrewd and informed prescribing can contribute to the survival of the health service

Stressed

Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost

woman looking at healthcare professional

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

Staff rota

Can I swap shifts with another nurse if they haven’t seen the rota yet?

It may seem like a simple switch, but there’s usually more to it, advises Marc Cornock

Inequalilty

Workforce: We must close the persistent gender gap in opportunities and pay

Improving working conditions for women in nursing will strengthen the profession as a whole

training session

Workforce: If the NHS is serious about keeping its nurses, it should protect CPD budgets

Money for training is too often seen as a soft target when cuts are being made

EpiPen

Do I need a prescription to administer medicines in life-threatening situations?

What you need to know about practising safely within the law, local policy and your own...

How do I stop clots from forming in EDTA blood tubes?

Correct blood sampling procedure can eliminate delays caused by specimen rejection

Workforce: What we need now is a quick fix for nurse shortages

As vacancies rise, NHS England can buy time with international recruitment, says James Buchan

Workforce: Will perma-flexi be the new bank and agency nursing?

Flexible employment contracts are on the rise elsewhere, but not much has changed in the NHS

Argument against mandatory staffing level rings hollow

The argument that mandatory nurse staffing levels would create inflexibility rings hollow

Workforce: Nursing associate role will thrive

The new position is coolly regarded by some, but workforce demands mean its success is likely

Legal advice: Can I wear my nursing uniform to the pub after a shift?

Here's why off-duty and uniform might not be a great look

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