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When does feeling unwell tip over into being too sick to work?

There are degrees of sickness and not all of them mean nurses are unfit for any work at all

Picture shows a female medic sitting at a desk and writing. The health secretary’s humorous defence of his pledge on nurse numbers takes the focus off the real point, says James Buchan.

With an ageing workforce, nurse numbers is no laughing matter

The health secretary’s defence of his ‘more nurses’ pledge takes the focus off the real point

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Why the current rules mean only a DNAR can offer certainty on resuscitation

Until the NMC clarifies its position on CPR, nurses and employers may face a practice dilemma, says Marc Cornock

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People can see there are nurse shortages – and they expect the government to act

Politicians need to listen to what the public is telling them about the NHS

International nurse recruitment

How will the Conservative election pledge of 50,000 more nurses by 2024/25 be realised?

The pledge may well be broken without increased reliance on international recruitment

Picture shows a group of overseas nurses, with a young woman smiling in the foreground. The article says the international recruitment solution cannot be ignored.

The nurse shortage solution we cannot ignore

Reliance on recruitment of overseas nurses from outside the EU is already happening

There has been a slight increase in the number of nursing students Picture: iStock

We need more university places to boost the number of nurses

Despite a small increase in students joining nursing courses, we are not recruiting enough

Picture shows older woman taking medication from a dosette box.

Medicines management: Are pill organisers a risk to patient safety?

Problems can arise when patients switch to medication compliance aids

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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