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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...

James Buchan: Nursing workforce crisis is self-inflicted

The nursing shortage is about more than Brexit. UK governments, regulators and educators...

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...

James Buchan: Age of uncertainty and the need for foreign nurses

Lack of clarity on our EU exit terms, combined with scrapping of the student bursary, means...

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...

Workforce: Brexit is not the only factor in the downward trend of EU nurse applicants

Brexit may be playing its part, but new entry requirements for the UK register are also...

Legal advice: I am concerned that a colleague is taking shortcuts and putting patients...

Registered nurses have a duty under the NMC code to raise concerns if they believe the...

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