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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...

Analysis of blood sample

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

Correct blood sampling procedure can eliminate delays caused by specimen rejection

Closing the gap

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

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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

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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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Transcribing: what the new medicines management guidance states

Royal Pharmaceutical Society and RCN publish document on transcribing information

How can I make sure my blood samples aren't rejected?

Underfilled tubes of blood could result in inaccuracies that affect patient care

Is it safe to prescribe both benzodiazepines and opiate analgesics?

A study highlights the need for care in prescribing for older people with Alzheimer’s

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Legal advice: Can friends visit me at work while I am on duty?

It’s best to meet your friends when you’re on your break – or wait until you’ve finished work

Legal advice: Can I eat leftover meals intended for patients?

Nurses who eat spare meals allocated to patients could be in breach of the Code

Workforce: Irony of easing language test for overseas nurses

Barriers for non-EU nurses are falling to help solve a self-made shortage, says James Buchan

Workforce: England is falling behind on safe staffing

The government would do well to follow the examples of our closest neighbours 

What can I do to help improve medication safety for patients with diabetes?

How to be at the forefront of the drive to improve care for inpatients with diabetes

The extent of reliance on agency nurses points to the depth of the malaise in the NHS

Temporary staff now have to cover chronic nursing shortages, not just unplanned absence

Legal advice: Can I accept a fee for giving a presentation at a conference?

As a nurse, it's important to avoid being seen to endorse a product or service

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