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RCN general secretary looks serious during visit to nurses' picket line outside Leeds General Infirmary in December 2022. Behind her, striking nurses hold signs with messages about staffing and pay. Everyone is dressed for winter weather

NHS pay deal: reopen talks with nurses, union leader urges government

Consultants’ better deal exposes injustice our female-dominated profession faces – RCN

Nurse with her back to the camera appears to feel isolated as union and care sector call on government to act against exploitation of foreign care staff in the UK

Focus on curbing exploitation of foreign staff, not immigration levels, minister told

Union and care providers call on government to take action against unethical employers

Photo of nurse staffing rota on ward computer

Nurses may see shorter working week if AfC recommendations approved

Scottish Government also considering pay changes and protected learning time

Consultants’ pay deal highlights ‘galling’ disparity for nurses

NHS nurses received the lowest public sector pay deal, with no promise of pay scale reform

Nurses’ views bypassed in higher-level staffing decisions

Data given precedence over nursing judgement at the cost of patient care, study finds

Photo of the back of a nurse's head as she looks down a hospital corridor

Nurse helpline sees calls about suicide double in one year

Nursing leaders warn of mental health crisis and call for funds for dedicated support

Evidence and Practice

Open access
Exploring the implementation of the nursing associate role in general practice

Exploring the implementation of the nursing associate role in general practice

The role is not fulfilling its purpose and needs to be better supported, accepted and...

Exploring fathers’ experiences of seeking support for postnatal depression

Exploring fathers’ experiences of seeking support for postnatal depression

Nurses should ask fathers about their well-being and encourage them to discuss mental health...

Developing a toolkit to enhance nursing students’ health promotion practice

A toolkit to enhance nursing students’ health promotion practice

Understand the barriers to nursing students’ health promotion practice

Implementing civic engagement placements for nursing students in community organisations: a pilot project

Implementing civic engagement placements for nursing students in community organisations

A pilot project examined benefits and challenges of the Clinical Placement Expansion...

Exploring the views and experiences of nurses who switched to general practice nursing from other roles

Experiences of nurses who switch to general practice nursing from other roles

A study designed to inform innovative approaches to the recruitment of experienced nurses

Writing for publication

Advice for nurses on how to write for publication

A guide for healthcare professionals who are novice writers on navigating the publication...



Patient’s Choice award winners: The district nursing team that transformed my life

Janette Connor nominated the team for their holistic, compassionate care

Julie Roye, RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

RCN Nurse of the Year 2023: ‘We empower patients with choice’

Julie Roye’s determination to break down health inequalities has had an impressive impact

Palliative care is everyone’s business: steps you can take to improve patient experience

How to promote seamless and person-centred support across primary and secondary care

De-escalation techniques: 7 tips for handling conflict situations

Tension occurs in every setting – these skills can help you manage it and stay calm

How robots and AI can support, not substitute, nursing practice

Artificial intelligence has the potential to ease pressures and speed up decision-making

When a patient dies: how nurses in different settings cope with death

Advice and strategies to cope with the feelings you have after the death of a patient


Primary care nurse Julie Roye holds her award for RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

Inspirational primary care nurse wins RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

Julie Roye’s methods and ideas helped to improve smear uptake rates for diverse groups

A picture of the Bedfordshire falls service team, including a nurse, in front of a fire engine

How working with non-nursing partners can improve your service

A collaboration with ambulance and fire teams helped community nurses respond to falls

A screen showing coloured images from a lung scan

Rise in non-smoking lung cancer: how you can support earlier diagnosis

What nurses can do to help ensure that red flags symptoms are picked up promptly


Community project placement: what will I learn and how do I get one?

These non-clinical placements help develop students’ understanding of health inequalities

Initiating change to improve practice: tips for nursing students

Advice from a fellow student who highlighted a gap in patient care

Should I work as a healthcare support worker while doing my nursing degree?

Working is a necessity for many students, but you don’t want it to be a distraction


Palliative care: what’s involved and could it be the role for you?

Besides managing symptoms, nurses offer emotional, spiritual and psychological support

CPD: what activities count for revalidation?

It doesn’t just mean training courses – find out what else counts for your CPD hours

Urgent response in the community: could this be your next career move?

Community response teams need nurses who want to lead and practise autonomously