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Legs in lockdown: nurses revolutionise lower limb care and transform patient outcomes

Remote triage for foot and leg care means clinical nurse specialists can intervene earlier

Image shows senior nurse comforting a stressed and burnt out nurse

Quarter of nurses cite stress and poor mental health as reasons for leaving – NMC survey

More than 1,600 nurses shared their views on why they left the profession

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Government announces end to free hospital parking for all nurses in England

Parking charges for NHS staff will be reintroduced as COVID-19 pandemic eases

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RCNi Award finalists

RCNi Nurse Awards 2020: find out who has made the finals

Our shortlist showcases professionalism, clinical expertise and compassionate care

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Workers on the warehouse floor gather supplies at the NHS' National Procurement Warehouse at Canderside, Larkhall of personal protective equipment

MPs demand detailed PPE plan ahead of potential second COVID-19 wave

Parliamentary committee wants clarity on supply plans within two months

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Study at home

Online nursing degrees will be on offer from January

Seven universities in England have signed up to provide the ‘blended’ degrees

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How to carry out remote consultations for people with asthma and COPD

Primary care nurses are having to transform their ways of working

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COVID-19 and nurses’ right to refuse to treat: when is it justified?

Refusing care due to lack of personal protective equipment is more complex than it might seem

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Nurse pay: will the ‘clap for carers’ sentiment mean anything come negotiation time?

The government now has a chance to reflect the nation’s gratitude in its pay awards

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Diabetes during lockdown

COVID-19 and diabetes: counting the cost of lockdown lifestyles and limitations

Restricted access to healthcare and increased anxiety may have stored up problems for later

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Video consultations

Remote nursing consultations: how to get them right

Video consultations are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for this ‘new normal’ in care

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Image of a person lying in bed but unable to sleep due to thoughts such as 'PPE', 'social distancing' and 'work', shown as speech bubbles

What’s keeping you awake? your guide to better sleep during the COVID-19 crisis

Advice on how to plan around shift patterns and cope with insomnia and anxiety amid lockdown

Clinical update

Molecular model of human papillomavirus

Cervical cancer and screening: advice for nurses

Updated RCN guidance on cervical cancer covers vaccination recommendations and screening

How to deliver person-centred end of life care for older people living with frailty

New guidance aims to help nurses deliver high-quality, person-centred care

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Diabetes and care homes: how nurses can manage risk related to COVID-19

Advice on effective management of hyperglycaemia, as well as end of life care and foot care

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Asthma management during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and severe asthma: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on managing severe asthma in adults and children during the pandemic

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Home nutrition

COVID-19 nutritional advice

Nutritional advice to help patients during and after COVID-19 has been published

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COVID-19: NICE guidance on community and end of life care

NICE has published guidance on treating the symptoms of COVID-19 in patients at home

Policy briefing

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Guidance on school nursing during the pandemic

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

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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

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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

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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CLL

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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