Expert advice

Maternity leave and pay: what nurses are entitled to and employers’ obligations

A guide to the complex rules on pay and time off for pregnant staff and their partners

Can my manager ban us from wearing festive clothes and jewellery at work?

Christmas outfits may spread a little cheer, but staff must remain professional

Shift pattern changes: your rights and options, and how to get what you need

What to do if your employer proposes changes that affect your health or caring role

Holiday entitlement: how much leave you can take and when

Your annual leave rights, especially during the pandemic, and when your employer can say no

Standardised uniforms for nurses: who will wear them and when?

Uniform for NHS staff in England will have a dress option and reflect cultural diversity

Seasonal affective disorder: what it is, treatment options – and do light boxes work?

SAD’s multiple risk factors – including shift changes – may mean many nurses are at risk

Mouth care at the end of life: how to provide safe and essential interventions

Oral hygiene is a crucial part of providing dignified end of life care

Patient consent or assent – what’s the difference?

Advice on gaining consent, and what to do if a patient lacks capacity

Your booster jab: timeline, eligibility and how to address colleagues’ hesitancy

COVID-19 vaccine booster programme starts, with front-line nurses at the top of the queue

Menopause symptoms at work: what support should you expect?

Heavy periods, brain fog and hot flushes can all take their toll, but help is available

Flexible retirement from the NHS: what are nurses’ options?

There are more ways to retire than a once-and-for-all break with your career, your...

Grab your nurse discounts: the cut-price offers you need to know about

Our round-up of the best offers – from eco-friendly products, days out, to your weekly shop

Treatment options: can a patient demand one over another?

Patient choice is important in clinical decision-making, but not the only consideration

Flu vaccination: what are the changes in this year’s programme?

The biggest immunisation campaign ever is about to launch, amid fears about NHS capacity

Agenda for Change: what nurses need to know as they consider the latest pay offer

The system aims to offer transparent pay and conditions – but is it still fit for purpose?

Skin conditions: how to identify rashes and diseases on darker skin types

Black and brown skin tones have been neglected in medical literature - but that’s changing

NHS flexible working: how to apply and make it work for you

The agreement aims to help recruit and retain workers, as well as improve work-life balance

Pelvic floor: how to strengthen your muscles and reduce incontinence risk

Nurses have an elevated risk of pelvic floor weakness, resulting in urinary incontinence

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