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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...

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...

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