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Older woman stands facing younger woman, possibly her daughter who has a supportive hand on her shoulder. Carer's leave is now a right, which will support the nurse workforce

Your employment rights: changes to carer’s leave, pregnancy rules and flexible working

Time off to support dependants becomes a legal right and redundancy protection is extended

Photo of nursing students in a lecture, illustrating story about declining student numbers

Nursing student numbers: degree places ‘getting harder to fill’

University says it cannot meet national targets and had to scrap mental health intake

A tribunal panel looks as documents, with witness facing them across a table. A nurse with Chron’s disease won a tribunal after NHS employer reneged on reasonable adjustments

Compensation for charge nurse told she had to stop solely working night shifts

Managers rowed back on reasonable adjustments that helped her manage a chronic condition

Close-up of the face of a woman who is holding up her hand with fingers spread in a protective gesture

Sexual harassment faced by hundreds of NHS staff goes unreported

Incidents include being touched or asked for sex, but half those affected don’t raise it

Photo of RCN general secretary Pat Cullen, illustrating story about RCN's response to government proposals on nurse pay

Nurses should get £35k starting salary, government told

RCN head Pat Cullen wants overhaul of pay bandings and improvements to nurse career pathway

Nursing staff from York Hospital in North Yorkshire on the hospital picket line during the RCN strike in May last year

Separate pay spine for nurses: decision draws a step closer

Nurses urged to air views on pay as government consultation closes at midnight

An NMC hearing with tables in a U shape, the panel members facing the camera and being addressed by two people sitting opposite them who are looking at a folder of documents

Nurse fitness to practise referrals soar amid high case backlog

NMC pledges £30 million to tackle disciplinary caseload

Three nurses at a very busy hospital workstation

Groundbreaking safe staffing law now in force for nurses in Scotland

All Scottish health and care settings must have enough qualified nurses to provide safe care

A nurse holds a pen and document as she talks to a patient sitting up in a hospital bed, both of them wearing protective masks

NMC closes temporary register set up during COVID-19 crisis

Temporary register saw thousands return to nursing to aid vulnerable at peak of pandemic

Photo of nurse associate students in training, illustrating story about their introduction in Wales

NMC agrees to regulate nursing associate role in Wales

First nursing associates expected to begin training in autumn 2025

Picture of filing cabinet tabs with FRAUD in red letters and INVESTIGATIONS and LAW in black letters

Two nurses removed from NMC register for test fraud

Regulator found evidence of fraudulent computer-based tests at a centre in Nigeria

Nursing and Midwifery nameplate outside its HQ

Nurse suspended after trying to get selfie with footballer

NMC gives nurse four-month suspension for breaching code and patient privacy

Nurses reject pay offer as it falls short of giving them parity

Nurses in Northern Ireland refuse deal that fails to bring them in line with England

Purple uniforms introduced for advanced nurse practitioners

Scottish trust’s uniforms ensure better recognition of ANPs in emergency settings

Reminder for nurses after claim of prying into Kate’s medical notes during hospital stay

Health minister cautions nurses after newspaper reports attempt to access princess’s records

Discrimination in NHS: report reveals ‘glacial’ pace of change

Figures also show level of bullying or harassment of black and minority ethnic female nurses

Community nurses’ missing money: why staff continue to be denied their ‘backlog bonus’

Health minister urged to honour pledge to NHS-contracted staff as new financial year looms

Nurse struck off for altering patient’s notes after death

Fitness to practise hearing finds Helen Powell deliberately misled the Coroner’s Court

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