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Nursing students are not part of COVID-19 workforce, RCN asserts

College says Scottish Government implies students on placements are ‘additional staff’

A negative lateral flow test result for coronavirus

Shorter self-isolation time gets you back to work sooner – but is it worth extra risk?

Science adviser admits rule-change comes with risk, as RCN calls for nurse exemption

Nurse shortages in care homes ‘greater threat than COVID-19’

Provider’s warning as National Care Forum survey shows vacancies nearing 20%

Nurse dons PPE, which will still be provided free in England

PPE for COVID-19: free provision is extended to next year

Nurses should never be left to buy their own protective equipment, union insists

New COVID-19 self-isolation rules: what nurses need to know

Isolation period for people testing positive in England reduced to five days from 17 January

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Mandatory vaccinations for nurses would be ‘sabotage’ amid staffing pressures, says RCN

College joins demands to delay making jabs compulsory from April for front-line staff

Analysis

Steep rise in NHS staff absence: do you feel under pressure to fill the gaps?

Find out about your rights to time off as your work life hits new levels of stress

Are you a disordered eater? How being a nurse could be putting you at risk

Protected mealtimes are helpful to patients, so maybe it’s time you had them too

Skin damage caused by PPE

COVID-19: how to avoid skin damage while wearing PPE

Expert advice for nurses on minimising the effects of prolonged use of masks and visors

Heart failure: how to spot the signs and improve patients’ quality of life

While heart failure cannot be cured, symptoms can be controlled for many years

Chronic wounds: what nurses can do to improve treatment and optimise healing

Approaches to ulcers and chronic wounds remain inconsistent – and costly – throughout the NHS

Presents from patients: when is accepting a Christmas gift not allowed?

Patients may want to show appreciation, but there are rules about gifts to staff

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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