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Striking nurses hold banners calling for better pay

Nurses’ strikes suspended in Wales as union members ponder fresh pay offer

Union leader repeats call for PM Rishi Sunak to push for talks to get under way in England

Prime minister Rishi Sunak during TV interview with Piers Morgan

Your pay rise is not our top priority, prime minister Sunak tells NHS nurses

PM insists he’d ‘love to give nurses massive rise’ – but says it would only fuel inflation

What changes at work would boost nurses’ morale? We asked them

Nursing Standard readers responded on Twitter – and here's what they told us

Is the delay on nurses’ pay part of a government game plan?

RCN brands government failure to submit its evidence on next year’s pay ‘disgusting’

Neonatal unit nurse Lucy Letby, smiling

Lucy Letby: ‘nurse injected air into baby’s stomach in third attempt to kill her’

Prosecution alleges neonatal nurse would go on finally to kill infant in a matter of days

A petition signed by 100,000 members of the public, nursing staff and patients is delivered to 10 Downing Street

Nurses deliver petition to Downing Street demanding better pay

Petition with more than 100,000 signatures urges Rishi Sunak to address NHS workforce crisis

Analysis

Deterioration: spotting the signs and escalating care on a pressured shift

Tools and advice to help teams ensure patients are monitored effectively

RESTORE2: how to spot the ‘soft signs’ of deterioration

Tools to help in recognising signs of deterioration and improve outcomes for older people

Child vaccination schedule: changes, new risks and tackling hesitancy

A guide to answering parents’ questions and allaying vaccination fears

Diogenes syndrome: how to recognise and act on signs of self-neglect in older people

Self-neglect can be associated with hoarding and other mental health problems

How you can help women with learning disabilities through menopause

Nurses need to make the most of resources available and ask questions related to menopause

Cardiovascular risk post-COVID: how to make your nursing interventions count

Spotting early signs of heart failure and ways to minimise impact of service delays

Clinical update

Chronic kidney disease assessment and management: updated guidance

How to predict risk, ensure timely treatment and advise patients on its management

Bronchiolitis: how to recognise red flag symptoms requiring emergency care

Updated NICE guidance focuses on diagnosis, red flag symptoms and when to seek emergency care

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

Nutrition-related sarcopenia: how to advise patients on improving diet

Sarcopenia is marked by a loss of muscle mass and often seen in older people

Cardiac arrest and CPR: guidance update aims to improve survival and patient outcomes

Resuscitation UK advice affirms role of advance care planning

Atrial fibrillation risk, treatment and self-care: updated guidance

How to recognise and manage the symptoms of AF and advise patients on lifestyle adjustments

Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

Obesity strategy: steps for tackling a public health crisis

The government’s plan to get the nation fit, protect against COVID-19 and ease strain on the NHS

Managing recovery from COVID-19

A service to aid long-term recovery will offer personalised, online-based aftercare

Boy texting

Guidance on school nursing during the pandemic

Advice on how school nursing services in England can operate during imposed restrictions

Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

Image shows school teacher interacting with young people in a classroom lesson

Interventions to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people

Public Health England focuses on promoting critical importance of mental health

Research news

Woman holding up a new-born baby. Picture: iStock

How cost-effective is the Family Nurse Partnership?

A study to see if the programme for first-time parents is good value for money for the NHS

Mother with crying baby. Picture: iStock

An intervention package helps parents of excessively crying babies

Parents and healthcare professionals endorse use of selected support materials

School children running in a park. Picture: Alamy

The Daily Mile: is this initiative fit to get children moving?

School trial of a 15-minute jog shows positive outcomes but concerns over implementation

Pictures shows a GP talking to a young man. People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

People with cancer who skip referrals are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis

Picture shows a 3D illustration of herpes viruses and antibodies. Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Vital role for nurses in shingles vaccination uptake

Nurses play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine targeting people over 70

Picture show model depicting depressed young mother holding a baby. Support such as listening visits by health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved.

Better mental health support needed for new mums

Support from health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved

Journal scan

Assessing patients for intermittent self-catheterisation

Study looked at types of catheter available for intermittent use

Clinical presentation of scabies in older care home residents differs from classic...

Prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten care homes for older people

Anticoagulant

Study advocates continued use of anticoagulants in patients with resolved atrial...

Treatment with anticoagulants reduces risk of stroke by two thirds

Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Sharing surveillance of infectious diseases could reduce use of antibiotics

International study found diagnoses improved through shared use of surveillance systems

Vitamin D

Higher vitamin D level associated with lower risk of total cancer

Japanese study suggests beneficial effects for prevention of cancer in all sites

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