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A woman looking at a computer. Please take a moment to fill in our online survey on workplace PPE. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: tell us about PPE in your workplace

Take part in Nursing Standard’s survey on personal protective equipment

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Areema Nasreen was a nurse at Walsall Manor Hospital. Picture Alamy

COVID-19: tributes paid to nurses and HCAs who have died

Tributes paid to dedicated and passionate health professionals

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COVID-19: NMC widens its appeal for nurses to join temporary register

Invitation extended to those who left the register earlier and those who trained overseas

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Brentford residents clap for NHS staff

COVID-19: public applaud NHS staff once more

Clapping from doorsteps, windows and balconies across the UK

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A woman stands next to a sign about coronavirus wearing PPE, including a face mask. Picture: Shutterstock

COVID-19: government issues new PPE guidance for healthcare staff

Guidelines come as nurse unions continue to raise concerns about lack of protective equipment

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A person is tested at a drive through coronavirus testing site in a car park at Chessington World of Adventures, Greater London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

COVID-19: shortages limit amount of testing for NHS workers

Despite removal of 15% cap, many trusts lack resources to carry out enough tests

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Covid-19

COVID-19: a guide to the big issues for nurses

Frequently asked questions on issues such as self-isolation, sick pay and redeployment

Hay fever

How to help patients cope with hay fever

Symptoms can be debilitating, but the condition is often under-recognised and poorly managed

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Older Nurse

COVID-19 emergency register for nurses: how it will work in practice

UPDATED Final-year nursing students and ex-registrants to be deployed to boost the workforce

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Self-isolating woman

COVID-19: diary of a nurse in self-isolation

A nurse lecturer’s personal account of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on her family

man extends arm out to be assessed by a nurse

Neurological conditions: a symptom-by-symptom guide for nurses

How to care for a patient who has signs and symptoms that may require investigation

Picture shows medic writing on clipboard. If a resuscitation attempt is inappropriate and no DNACPR order is in place, you must be ready to defend your decision.

What nurses need to know if they decide not to attempt CPR

Be prepared to defend your actions if no DNACPR order is in place

Clinical update

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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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Infection control and the coronavirus

COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

Picture shows a woman wearing household gloves and holding a cleaning sponge looking at patches of mould. Poor air quality in the home is linked to a range of health problems, and guidance from NICE suggests how to achieve improvements.

Improving air quality at home: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on risks for those with allergies or respiratory or cadiovascular conditions

Illustration of a diseased kidney

Acute kidney injury: advice for nurses on detecting AKI and caring for patients

How to identify and treat the spectrum of injury formerly known as acute renal failure

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Coronavirus under the microscope

Novel coronavirus: how to spot suspected cases

New government guidance for nurses stresses importance of infection control measures

Picture shows two medics examining the skin on a patient’s feet. New international guidance on pressure ulcers includes protecting the skin, managing pain and choosing support surfaces.

Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment: guidance for nurses

International guideline includes skin protection, pain management and appropriate support surfaces

Policy briefing

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

Picture shows an older couple, the woman appearing confused and a nurse looking at her. Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document.

Personalised care for people with dementia

Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document

Picture shows computer artwork of human papilloma virus particles in the bloodstream. A more sensitive cervical screening test rolled out across the UK means infections will be spotted earlier

How to advise women about the new cervical screening test

More sensitive test could save hundreds of lives as infections will be spotted earlier

Care home medication management

Care home charter aims to improve medicines management

The Patients Association charter promotes shared decision-making

Bowel cancer

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

Picture shows boys taking turns drinking from a water fountain at a park. Practical information aimed at schools, nurseries and colleges to support children with bladder and bowel issues and toileting has been published by Bowel and Bladder UK.

Support for children with bowel and bladder problems

Practical guidance covers how to promote good bladder and bowel health in schools

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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Chronic lymphcytic leukaemia: Improving treatment and support for patients

This feature has been funded by Janssen UK and written on the company’s behalf by M&F Health, based on an interview with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Karen Stanley.

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Child

Bubbly little girl needs a “forever home” – can you help?

Lambeth Council are appealing to all members of the caring community

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Skin infections webinar

Ask the experts webinar: serious skin infections

This webinar explores the nursing management of serious skin infections and how they can be effectively managed and treated. Richard Hatchett, a nurse tutor and senior editor at RCNi, discusses nursing innovations with Sharon Falconer, a specialist outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) nurse from Aberdeen, and Malcolm Bain from the medical department at Correvio.

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Luke Pybus

Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sian Thomas

Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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Sponsored: Find your most extraordinary RMN job with Priory

Most nurses enter the profession to make a real difference to people’s lives, and our Registered Mental Health nurses are no different. What sets them apart, however, are the incredible lengths they go to, to make it happen.

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