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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

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

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

Workforce: The problem that's bigger than staff turnover...

When it comes to staffing, there's a larger, system-wide issue, says James Buchan

Legal advice: Are patients allowed to read their bedside notes?

Patients are sometimes allowed to see bedside notes but have no automatic right to do so

Workforce: collapse in district nurse numbers is happening now – action to halt it isn’t

Ministers’ ‘golden hellos’ plan to boost district nurse recruitment still hasn’t materialised

Workforce: Puzzling over the failure to scale up nurse education

England’s failure to increase training of nurses shows the profession has lost out

Student attrition targets shift from unlikely to illusory

The student attrition rate is stuck but targets to improve it seem illusory

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