Expert advice

Upgrading hospitals is pointless if you don’t upgrade nurses’ pay and housing

The government must act fast to help staff who are struggling to make ends meet

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

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...

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

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

The nurse shortage solution we cannot ignore

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

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

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

Problems can arise when patients switch to medication compliance aids

When will the magic money tree bear fruit for nurses?

The new government shows little sign of addressing nursing concerns such as shortstaffing

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

Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost

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

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