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Medicines management: Can I administer unlicensed medicines to patients?

As long as informed consent is obtained first, unlicensed medicines can be administered to...

Legal advice: Can I offer nursing or medical advice using social media? 

Offering health advice via social media is fraught with problems as you do not have access...

Workforce: No easy way forward on pay even if cap is scrapped

The Scottish Government says it will scrap the 1% public sector pay cap next year, and there...

Legal advice: What should I do if I am asked to perform tasks outside of my competence?

Never perform a task you are not competent to carry out. Doing so puts your nursing career...

Medicines management: How can I encourage uptake of the meningitis vaccine?

Cases of meningitis W are rising rapidly in England, with university first-year students...

Workforce: Nursing vacancies in England and Scotland at record levels

Although the data should be treated with caution, the message is clear: both sides of the...

Legal advice: Can I refuse to care for a patient?

As long as your reasons are not based on discrimination, and it is not an emergency, you can...

Medicines management: Should I still advise patients to finish a course of antibiotics?

Despite a call from experts for patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better,...

Workforce: Staff retention is biggest challenge in tackling workforce shortages

With nurse turnover having huge financial implications for employers, it is little wonder...

Legal advice: Do I own the copyright to a chart I designed?

A nurse has designed a chart for recording patient observations and data. Copyright and...

Medicines management: How can we reduce unnecessary medication prescriptions?

All medicines have the potential to cause harm to patients. Before prescribing any...

Workforce: NHS homes fund would give staff a glimmer of hope

NHS Confederation proposal for a £10 billion housing fund for workers shows creativity in...

Medicines management: Should the NMC withdraw its standards for medicines management?

As part of its overhaul of nursing education, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is...

Legal advice: Can a student interview a patient for a study without gaining consent?

A mentor is concerned that a student’s plans to interview patients for a research study...

Workforce: agency nurses may be expensive but unfilled posts risk patient safety

With NHS Improvement halting new rules to cut spending on agency nurses, there may be little...

Medicines management: How can we improve medication error reporting?

A ‘fair blame’ instead of ‘no blame’ approach would help ensure practitioners are not afraid...

Medicines management: Reducing antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract...

Overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. This is becoming a major problem...

Legal advice: Can a mentor report a pre-registration student to the NMC?

A mentor believes a student's attitude makes her unsuitable for nursing, but students who...

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