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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...

Legal advice: How can I ensure my partner gets my NHS pension? We are not married

Make sure you understand the terms of your pension scheme and state clearly who you wish to...

Medicines management: UK should review ban on raw marijuana

Raw marijuana could benefit patients with certain conditions and the UK government should...

Legal advice: can my son’s friend undertake work experience at the GP surgery where I...

Allowing a non-health professional access to patients or patient records risks breaching...

Workforce: widening the gap between Scotland and England

Increasing policy divergence between NHS Scotland and NHS England is making it harder to...

Medicines management: why is prescribing generally limited to 28 days' supply? ...

A 28-day supply of medicines is considered best practice, but with the holiday period on the...

Legal advice: Why does my manager says it's unethical to lend a patient my DVDs?...

Giving, or even lending, something to a patient can be misconstrued, so obtain consent from...

Workforce: what is the attraction of Magnet hospitals?

With the emphasis on strong nurse leadership, continuing education and adequate staffing...

Medicines management: Is it safe for newly qualified nurses to be allowed to prescribe?

Allowing newly qualified nurses to prescribe from a limited formulary could give patients...

Legal advice: I am thinking of cancelling my registration with the NMC. Do you have any...

Removing yourself from the Nursing and Midwifery Council register limits the roles and...

Workforce: What do the 2016 NHS staff survey results really tell us?

Much is made about signs of stability and improvement, but the most important messages for...

Legal advice: should I comply with a request to write a report on an incident I was not...

If you are asked to write a report on an incident which occured when you were not there,...

Medicines management: As a community nurse, should I become an independent nurse...

For community nurses whose prescribing powers are limited, undertaking the independent nurse...

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