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Influenza vaccine

Commons committee says flu jab should be mandatory for certain nurses

Its report finds significant variation in uptake across England

healthcare assistant

Growth of healthcare assistant numbers outstrips nurse recruitment, study finds

Figures prompt renewed call for mandatory safe staffing in England

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BME nurses in London face more discrimination than in the rest of England, RCN claims

NHS employers in London cannot dismiss racism as merely a minority issue, college says

Parking fees

NHS staff in England pay almost £70 million in parking charges – in just one year

NHS trusts' parking fees are a tax on hard-pressed workers, says union

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RCN calls for clarity over nurses’ employment rights after the UK leaves the EU

Workers’ rights among healthcare benefits at risk once UK is outside the EU, says RCN

Social media

Social media app provides ‘invaluable’ support for patients with breast cancer

A clinical nurse specialist set up and moderates the WhatsApp networking group

‘Better financial support could encourage more people into nursing career’

Health Education England’s RePAIR report recommends targeted funds for prospective students

nurse call handler

The public needs an NHS 111-style mental health phone line, say MPs

Mental health nurses would be among professionals handling calls, cross-party group says

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Concern over digital app that promises nurses’ services on demand

Entrepreneur claims nursing app offers nurses flexibility – but RCN fears for their rights

RCN voting

Voting opens in RCN president and deputy president elections

College members can watch the candidate hustings online

NHS surcharge

Waive your short-sighted health surcharge for nurses, RCN tells government

Non-EEA nurses have to pay an NHS surcharge – and it's about to double

Use of agency staff ‘demoralising’ for other nurses, says Hancock

Minister’s comments spark criticism over poor workforce planning that leads to shortages

Regulator highlights urgent need for increased social care funding in England

Care Quality Commission’s report reveals picture of disjointed services and ‘care injustice’

‘You’re guaranteed a job here’: the pledge NHS trusts will make to new nursing graduates

Nursing students at Greater Manchester’s universities to be promised employment in the region

Parity of esteem for mental health services could be ‘further away than ministers think’

Number of young people in need of mental healthcare may be underestimated

NHS trusts promise to slash sales of sugary drinks in their shops and canteens

Employers pledge to support NHS staff who want to cut out high-calorie beverages

Nursing student bursary in Scotland will rise to £10,000 by 2020

Current bursary for nursing and midwifery students stands at £6,578

Investment in specialist diabetes nurses ‘would save the NHS millions of pounds’

Boosting specialist inpatient care would lift pressures on non-specialist staff – Diabetes UK

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