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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...

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...

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