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Ambulance speeding through street

80% of people think patients use emergency services unnecessarily, survey finds

But half of respondents said they found it difficult to secure an appointment with their GP

Nurse experiencing low morale

Low morale among community nurses in Wales – report

Nurses say they feel ‘invisible’ and under-resourced in terms of technology and staff

School nurse with a pupil

School nurse numbers in UK fall by 30% since 2010

They may be the first person that vulnerable pupils turn to for help, says RCN

Illustration of NHS staff standing round giant NHS letters with UK and EU flag colours on it. Picture: Daniel Mitchell

Nurses from outside UK tell of negative workplace experiences since Brexit referendum

Foreign staff say prejudice and barriers to career progression might force them out of NHS

Patient Janet Adams on the ward with her husband Arthur and daughter and son-in law on their wedding day

Nurse brings wedding day to the ward for mother of the bride

Patient Janet Adams was too unwell to attend ceremony, but didn’t miss out on the occasion

Board game aims to stimulate nurses to identify and discuss domestic violence and abuse

The board game that helps you identify domestic violence and abuse

Nurse lecturer’s learning tool aims to get healthcare staff talking about how they can help

Analysis

obese man consults clinician who is holding an 'eat well' leaflet

When and how to talk to a patient about their diet and lifestyle

Health promotion is an NMC requirement, but discussing weight can be difficult for nurses

Liam Barnes and Jenifer Hawkins

In Laura’s name: the charity that aims to prevent suicide among nurses

The Laura Hyde Foundation campaigns for better mental health support for healthcare staff

Woman studies on her laptop

NHS must persuade nurses to return to practice – and get better at keeping staff too

Strategies to lure lapsed registrants back need to be matched by changes in the workplace

Stockpiling medicines

If Brexit brings medicine shortages, how will nurses allay patients’ fears?

What you can do to reassure patients who are concerned about their prescriptions

Nurse at the patient's bedside

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

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

Clinical update

Picture of leg with erythema migrans rash

Updated Lyme disease guidance: what nurses need to know

NICE guidelines say erythema migrans rash should prompt diagnosis without a blood test

sepsis bloodstream illustration

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

Nurse and young woman

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...

Policy briefing

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Image representing section of brain showing area of focal seizure, overlaid with EEG. New guidelines have been issued on training carers in first-line emergency treatment for epileptic seizures in the community.

Guidance on training carers to treat epileptic seizures

Guidance on training carers in emergency treatment for an epileptic seizure in the community

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Prevention is vital in reducing harm from falls

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents issues national accident prevention strategy...

nurse prepares a catheter for insertion

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

Nurse_evaluating_wound

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

Research news

Nurse consultations raise quality of outcomes in general practice

Consultations by general practice nurses improve outcomes, but not patient satisfaction

Nurses want better guidance on preventing liver disease

Practice nurses felt they had insufficient guidance in clinics on liver damage

Health visitors fear loss of rapport by asking parents about infant nutrition

Transition nutrition data from child health records could be beneficial in health promotion

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

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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