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Workforce: What can we learn from the ‘pay pendulum’ of decades ago?

Since the mid-1980s, the Pay Review Body has been fairly successful in keeping nurse pay on...

Workforce: Immigration of skilled younger nurses keeps our NHS running

With ‘self-sufficiency’ in NHS staffing yet to materialise, the UK relies on skilled workers...

Legal advice: Do I have to report a parking fine to the Nursing and Midwifery Council?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council requires nurses and midwives to report any convictions or...

Barriers to overseas nurses and the illusion of self-sufficiency

There is no immediate likelihood of the UK achieving self-sufficiency in nursing, while the...

Medicines management: Should applicants for staff nurse posts have numeracy tests?

An increasing number of medication incidents are due to calculation errors, and while...

Legal advice: Can I claim exemption from jury service if I am running a clinic on the...

Healthcare professionals used to be able to claim exemption from jury service, but it is now...

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...

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