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Dear next prime minister: RCN members’ open letter to Conservative leadership candidates

Nurse activists’ bid to quiz Tory hopefuls on safe staffing, nurses’ pay, and student bursary

Community nurse

Follow-up call to older people post-discharge cuts readmission rates by almost a half

Aston University researchers say the phone conversation could free up ‘thousands of beds’

Spice use

More than half of prison staff exposed to psychoactive substances at work

Nurses and other staff falling ill after exposure to Spice and other drugs, survey finds

NMC

Nursing director struck off NMC register for bullying and aggression

Hazel Dinnie ‘frightened her staff to the extent that they considered leaving their roles’

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Infection control in tattoo shops needs to be tightened up, says RCN

College backs call by Royal Society for Public Health for UK-wide rules on tattoo parlours

Routes into nursing

Your guide to all the routes into nursing

Our interactive graphic shows the path for nursing apprentices, associates and degree options

Analysis

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End of life care: what thousands of nurses told our annual survey

The pressures of short-staffing and how some staff spend breaks sitting with dying patients

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Congress Audience

RCN congress 2019: your quick guide to what’s on the agenda

Nurses’ pay, staffing levels, clinical issues and bullying to be discussed

Health visitors and school nurses’ new curriculum reflects range and breadth of role

Documents sets out the knowledge, skills and attributes they need

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Revealed: what nurses say about short-staffing and how it’s harming patient care

Nurses open up about the risks to patient safety – and their work-life balance

Networks

Primary care networks: what are the implications for all community nurses?

NHS England wants the networks rolled out by June, presenting opportunities and challenges

Community mental health nurses should also work in general practices to ease care burden

GP Partnership Review examines the difficult challenges general practices face

Clinical update

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Sepsis guidance: what nurses are now required to do

Compliance has become mandatory for all NHS trusts in England

Osteoporosis drug

Updated National Osteoporosis Society guideline on vitamin D

A guideline on which patients to test and who to treat for vitamin D deficiency

NICE issues guidance on decision-making and mental capacity

This guidance reflects concerns about the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

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Quality standard for eating disorders highlights need for closer liaison between teams

Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care

Updated NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure

People with chronic heart failure should be given a detailed care plan, updated NICE...

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Updated NICE guidance on dementia care

First update in a decade says staff working with people who have dementia need extra training

Policy briefing

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Improving care for patients who have catheters

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

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NHS Improvement guidance calls for consistent approach to pressure ulcer definition and...

Guidance calls for the 72-hour rule for pressure ulcers to be scrapped

Safeguarding

Safeguarding guidelines for protection of children and young people

RCN publishes updated guidance for safeguarding children and young people

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New RCN position statement on termination of pregnancy

College responds after members support call for decriminalisation

Woman looks in distress at her insulin kit

Diabetes: recommendations for improving mental well-being

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs

Research news

Blood pressure

Do nurse interventions cut cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness?

Study of primary care practices in England finds increased risk factors

Tuberculosis bacteria

Smartphone app helps improve tuberculosis treatment observation

Research finds video-observed therapy intervention has lower dropout rate among patients

Obesity

Has Leeds bucked the national trend in childhood obesity?

Fall in obesity in reception age children following implementation of citywide strategy

Study supports new screening method for cervical cancer

Screening for high risk human papillomavirus more sensitive than cytology testing

Parenting scheme works for at-risk families

A scheme for at-risk families helps improve mothers’ mental health and parenting confidence

Taking about self-harm: improving consultations between nurses and young people

Practice nurse conversation guide could help in consultations with young people who self-harm

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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Pippa Bagnall

Childhood obesity: my vision for unlocking the potential of school nurses

Series 3 Episode S7: Pippa Bagnall calls for more work on child obesity prevention

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Amor Palada

Hear how a nurse-led acute response team dramatically reduced cardiac arrest

Series 3 Episode 6: Nurse practitioner Amor Palada talks about preventing cardiac arrest

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Daniel Gooding

Reaching out to nursing students via the internet

Series 3 Episode 4: how the online Student Nurse Project is connecting students nationwide...

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How to support patients to stay safe when meeting people through dating apps

Season 3 Episode 2: Sexual health nurse discusses sexual assault and dating apps

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Baroness Mary Watkins

Nursing Standard podcast: Could parliament's Brexit chaos be the catalyst for...

Episode 7 of the Nursing Standard podcast has an interview with nurse peer Baroness Mary...

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Nursing Standard podcast: Agile working

Tissue viability nurse Debbie Wickens takes us on her rounds

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