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RCN advertising campaign will target the public in a bid to secure a safe nurse staffing law in England

Safe nurse staffing campaign: RCN takes its fight to the public

College appeals for the public’s support in its bid to secure a safe staffing law in England

Checking for pressure ulcers

Expensive air mattresses only offer marginal benefit to patients, study authors say

Specialist foam mattresses are effective for preventing pressure ulcers – and far cheaper

Asthma inhaler and medication. Picture: iStock

Asthma management: how nurses can help prevent attacks

Update from the British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Scottish parliament building

RCN demands action on bullying in Scottish health service

Parliamentary debate on the issue sparks call for culture change

Waiting room at NHS health centre in London. Picture: Alamy

Front-line NHS staff brace themselves for winter crisis period

Data show emergency department and cancer treatment waiting times are going up

NMC report on whistleblowing

NMC receives 34 whistleblowing disclosures in 2018/19

Report reveals how the nurse regulator dealt with whistleblowers' concerns

Evidence and Practice

Identifying barriers to engaging older adults with primary care sexual health services

Identifying barriers to engaging older adults with primary care sexual health services

Despite the prevalent cultural stereotype that people’s sexual activity declines or ceases...

Nurse-led advanced cardiovascular assessment: a case study

Nurse-led advanced cardiovascular assessment: a case study

A study of the process of diagnosing a patient and other factors

Caring for people with motor neurone disease

Preparedness of practitioners to care for people with motor neurone disease at home

Qualitative study on how health and social care staff perceived their preparedness

Picture shows two people playing drums and cymbals while others look on. The Haynes Centre is a specialist dementia day care centre for Haringey residents with moderate to severe dementia.

Dementia therapy through music

Three studies examine the benefits of music-based therapies for people with dementia

Invasive meningococcal infection

Invasive meningococcal infection

An understanding of the need for immunisation against meningitis is essential in primary care

Picture shows a young woman suffering from insomnia with blue nighttime effect. This research digest looks at three studies relating to sleep health, insomnia and cognitive behavioural therapy as a primary care intervention.

Sleep health and insomnia treatment options

A look at three studies relating to sleep health, insomnia and cognitive behavioural therapy


Picture of Marie Therese Massey, who became professional lead for general practice nursing at the RCN in June

General practice nursing’s new voice at the RCN

New GPN professional lead Marie Therese Massey aims to raise the specialism’s profile

Career ladder

A career ladder that general practice nurses can climb

New leadership and training opportunities are opening up for primary care nurses

Practice nurse manager Emma Williamson studied her practice’s leg ulcer care and devised a pathway that improved healing, reduced spending and freed nurses’ time.

Practice nurse transforms pathway for leg ulcer care

A nurse studied her practice’s leg ulcer care and devised a new pathway that improved healing

Picture shows a boy drawing as part of therapy. School nurses, health visitors, and general practice nurses are often in a position to identify the damage due to trauma from adverse childhood experiences and the effect on children’s mental health.

How to identify trauma in children and what you can do about it

Tips for practice nurses, school nurses and health visitors on trauma in young people

Team offers intensive support to enable service-users to live independently

Rehabilitation by award-winning team enables people with mental illness to live at home

Men's shed

How a shed became a sanctuary for a community of men who felt ‘left behind’

Our 2019 Patient’s Choice Award winner created a haven for men facing social isolation


Picture shows image in the shape of a heart in pastel colours. A community nurse says a stigma remains over becoming emotional because a patient you cared for has died, but argues that grieving shows she has done her job well.

It is healthy to grieve and reflect when a patient dies

A community nurse argues that grieving when a patient dies shows she has done her job well

Picture of birth control methods – a condom, contraceptive pills and an intrauterine device. A new RCN resource aims to support staff and ensure that nurses can practice safely and deliver evidence-based holistic clinical care.

Sexual health services reform has unintended outcomes

Changes in sexual health services affected workforce skills, but RCN resources are helping

UK district nursing survey aims to provide true picture of the service

District nursing team leaders encouraged to complete the survey


community nurse with a patient

It’s just not true that your first job must be in an acute hospital – and here’s why

QNI's Crystal Oldman on why the community is the perfect place to start your nursing career

What a placement on a remote island taught me about truly person-centred care

Working in this environment means really getting to know your patients, says Elizabeth Spence

Refugee camp made me thankful for NHS

A nursing student describes volunteering at a refugee camp and reflects on what she learned


Samantha Hayman

Why community nursing is not just for older nurses

Newly qualified nurses can gain clinical skills and confidence outside the hospital setting

Sue Smith

Charity abseil is my way to face my fears – and honour the NHS

Former health visitor Sue Smith is taking on a daring challenge to mark a career milestone

Rebecca Mounch with a patient

I’m so glad I moved into practice nursing after having my children

Working in general practice offers scope for progression, but work-life balance too