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Readers’ panel: should nursing students go into practice early to help tackle COVID-19?

Third-year nursing students may receive registration to help with the pandemic

Illustration showing a nurse on one side and the same person as a doctor on the other side. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said that nurses will be able to train as doctors ‘more quickly’ now that the UK has left the EU

Readers’ panel: Should nurses be able to access a fast track into medical training?

The government has suggested nurses could train ‘more quickly’ to become doctors

Nurses report that corridor care, or boarding, has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals

Readers’ panel: Is ‘corridor care’ proof that the system is broken?

Nurses have described how ‘corridor nursing’ has increasingly become the norm

Readers’ panel: Is nursing being held back by outdated public perceptions?

A recent survey found that public perceptions of nursing are putting people off joining the profession

Illiustration highlighting the value of paid versus unpaid breaks for nurses

Readers’ panel: Are employers who insist on unpaid breaks exploiting staff?

Moves to standardise rotas could increase nurses’ working hours as a result of unpaid breaks

A patient with their head in their hands

Readers’ panel: Will evidence of inadequate care force action on nurse shortages?

CQC report says staffing pressures are contributing to a ‘perfect storm’ for patients

illustration shows nursing support worker standing between opposing boxing gloves in red and blue

Nursing associates and assistant practitioners: let’s end the needless rivalry

These nurse support roles are similar but different, and deserve equal respect

Picture shows a staff member at the canteen of a hospice in London. Lack of breaks and junk food from vending machines are said to contribute to nurses being overweight or obese, and protected mealtimes are being advocated to help tackle the issue.

Readers’ panel: Are protected mealtimes for nurses needed to tackle workforce obesity?

Lack of breaks and junk food availability are said to contribute to nurses being overweight

man standing outside, smoking. A hospital trust has banned smoking on its site, even outdoors

Should hospitals employ people to enforce blanket smoking bans – even in parked cars?

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has a site-wide smoking ban. Readers have their say

Pay cut

Is it ever acceptable to expect nurses to take a pay cut?

With bank staff at one trust facing a pay cut of up to 20%, our readers have their say

Readers’ panel: Should national nursing uniforms be introduced in England?

Congress debated whether England should adopt national uniforms, like the rest of the UK

Students receiving exam results

Should entry requirements be lowered to help fill empty places on nursing courses?

Our readers’ panel members have their say on the Open University’s suggestion

Readers’ panel: Should unvaccinated children be banned from school?

Health secretary Matt Hancock won’t rule out banning unvaccinated children from school

Should nurses have to report young people at risk of being caught up in knife crime?

A consultation could result in nurses being required to report young people at risk

Readers’ panel: Is investment in nursing degree apprenticeships value for money?

NHS Employers reveals cost of training apprentices is far higher than undergraduate nurses

Readers’ panel: Should nurses be allowed to take naps on night shifts?

The Health Foundation is funding research on support for staff working night shifts

Readers’ panel: Are nurses in Jersey right to hold out for pay parity?

RCN members in Jersey are seeking permission to ballot on industrial action over pay

Is it time to resist the idea support staff are part of the nurse shortage solution?

Nursing Standard readers have their say on the impact of diluting the skill mix

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