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Workforce: Alarming decline in district nurses driven by lack of funding 

The number of district nurses has fallen by almost 50% over the past seven years. With their...

Legal advice: Can a sample of cream from a pharmaceutical rep be used on a patient?

Samples provided by pharmaceutical companies can pose difficulties for nurses, including...

Medicines management: Why must co-dydramol now be prescribed by strength rather than...

With new co-dydramol products now available with a higher strength of opioid analgesic...

Legal advice: Can I access a friend’s medical records for them? 

If you access medical records without justifiable reason you could be breaching the Nursing...

Workforce: Unpaid volunteers an attractive option for NHS, but need training

Policy attention is increasingly focusing on the contribution of volunteers to help expand...

Legal advice: Do I have a professional duty to have the flu vaccination?

As NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh calls for a debate about mandatory flu...

Medicines management: Should I sign for medicines before I witness the patient taking...

As the registered nurse preparing medicines, you are ultimately responsible for making sure...

Workforce: What do the UCAS figures tell us about new entrants to nurse education? 

The end of year report from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service shows a crash...

Legal advice: What should I do if police ask me to take a blood sample from an...

A police constable may request that a blood sample be taken from someone incapable of giving...

Workforce: Robots may take other jobs, but they can’t do what a nurse can do

Care bots – robots that assist older people – are being used in Japan, and researchers in...

Medicines management: Can I hide medication in a patient’s food? 

Health professionals do not have the right to administer medication to patients against...

Legal advice: What is presumed consent for organ donation?

Prime minister Theresa May has announced a public consultation on switching to presumed...

Workforce: UK is looking less united in terms of nursing policy

The fact that the new nursing associate role is only being considered in England adds to the...

Medicines management: How best to manage medicines that patients bring into hospital

When patients bring their own medicines into hospital, it is important they are managed...

Legal advice: Can I attend university if I am on sick leave from work? 

You may be allowed to attend university if your GP has issued you with a ‘fit note’...

Workforce: Lessons for NHS in Ryanair pilot crisis

When the supply of pilots fell short of demand, Ryanair cancelled flights. But the NHS has...

Medicines management: Why should nurses have the flu vaccination? 

With a predicted doubling of influenza cases in the UK this year, it is more important than...

Workforce: Medical students do well, but nursing may pay the price

Plans by the Department of Health to increase the number of medical student places have cost...

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