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Picture of Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Deborah Sturdy, who will pass on expert advice to England’s chief nurse from front-line care home nurses to help influence policy and best practice.

Chief nurse appoints first ever national adviser on care home nursing

Deborah Sturdy will pass on advice from front-line nurses to set policy and best practice

Picture of a medic showing a girl how to use an inhaler. Updated guidance from NICE emphasises importance of regular use rather than higher dose of inhaled corticosteroids in children and young people.

Asthma guidance reverses advice to quadruple dose of medication

NICE emphasises regular use rather than higher dose in children and young people

Florence Nightingale Barbie doll

Florence Nightingale Barbie doll unveiled in tribute to inspiring women

New model forms part of range celebrating women who have broken boundaries

Liverpool Community Health nurse director Helen Lockett

NMC asks its own regulator to review controversial FtP ruling

It had recommended nurse director Helen Lockett be struck off, but FtP panel was more lenient

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to nurses during a visit to the East Midlands and East of England Genomic Laboratory Hub at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in October 2019, before the government promised to boost NHS nursing numbers by 50,000

Leaked NHS email highlights flaws in nurse retention plan

Government’s pledge for 50,000 more nurses rests on ‘weak’ proposals on retention

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Coronavirus: community nurses begin training to carry out home testing

Concern about how district and primary care staff will find the time for extra home visits

Evidence and Practice

Image shows the contents of a hoarder's home

How can community and primary care nurses support and treat people with hoarding...

Three studies highlight the complexity of this disorder – and the provision of treatment

Uncovering the hidden workload involved in providing cancer care in the community

Uncovering the hidden workload involved in providing cancer care in the community

Why you should read this article • To enhance your awareness of the unrecognised work...

Exploring the effectiveness of a brief health promotion intervention in an urgent treatment centre

Exploring the effectiveness of a brief health promotion intervention in an urgent...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance awareness of the importance of health...

How to manage PVL-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in primary care

How to manage PVL-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in primary care

Health protection and primary care teams should work together to carry out a risk assessment

Why general practice nurses need education about cancer as a long-term condition

Why general practice nurses need education about cancer as a long-term condition

This article outlines the results of a survey of cancer training needs conducted with...

How to ensure better integrated care

Three recent studies look at methods to facilitate greater integrated care


Image shows a general practice nurse with a patient

General practice nursing: a specialism in need of a higher profile and more recruits

Three years on from a QNI survey, have general practice nurses' concerns been addressed?

Picture of Nahla Walker (centre), with nurses Helen Drury (left) and Joanne Leivesley. When Nahla, aged six, told them she wanted to be a nurse, they ordered a special outfit for her with the name badge ‘Nurse in training’.

Celebrating 30 years of Primary Health Care

Nurses have quietly made a difference to people's lives amid shifting policy initiatives

Obesity and overweight is more common in nurses than other professional groups, research has found

Why being an overweight nurse matters - and what to do about it

Management support and simple steps can make a big difference to a growing problem

Image shows RCNi nurse award-winner Janine McKnight-Cowan

The 2020 RCNi Nurse Awards can give you and your specialty a life-changing boost

2019 Community and general practice nursing category winner on life after the award

Accelerate director of education Karen Staines and wound care specialist Gabriela Kom, with a patient

The nurse-led chronic wounds service where lower limbs are the highest priority

Centre leader’s impassioned case for how every nurse can transform leg ulcer care

Image shows RCN community lead for end of life care Carolyn Doyle

New community and end of life lead wants to challenge RCN’s elitist image

Carolyn Doyle wants to be accessible to all nurses, champion and support them


Picture shows an older man appearing anxious while looking at a computer screen. Research by Macmillan shows thousands of people with cancer are left anxious, depressed or confused after finding misleading information online.

Macmillan: how nurses can tackle online cancer myths and bogus cures

Research shows thousands are made anxious, depressed or confused by false information online

nurse works at computer at work

CPD: is your employer reluctant to give you protected learning time?

Nurses struggling to negotiate time out during working hours can seek support

Illustration of general practice nurse being applauded for their work

It’s high time we sing the praises of general practice nurses

Despite staff shortages, practice nurses go the extra mile and make the best use of resources


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Patient confidentiality: how a complicated case created an ethical and legal dilemma

A service user’s chlamydia diagnosis taught me lessons about disclosure and breach of trust

Family planning

The compassionate care given in abortion clinics is what nursing is all about

Marie Stopes UK says placements can help nursing students understand non-judgemental care

Making the most of placements

Ten tips to help students make the most of placements

Clinical placements are a valuable part of nursing students' training


Picture of military advanced nurse practitioner Lynda Mathias, a clinical staff officer in the army with the rank of lieutenant colonel, who describes some of the challenges she has faced

Military advanced nurse practitioner

Army clinical staff officer Lynda Mathias describes some of the challenges she has faced

illustration show figure behind three masks graded by size

Imposter syndrome: don’t be too hard on yourself when you transition to a new role

Career transition can be uncomfortable, so be realistic about what you expect of yourself

Financial education can help nurses to plan for retirement and unexpected loss of income

Financial know-how for nurses: make your money work for you

Planning for retirement, or living week to week? Financial education lets you take control