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A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

X-ray style illustration showing where the pancreas is located in the body

How can we improve the pancreatic cancer patient care pathway?

Pancreatic Cancer UK specialist nurse Di Dobson says people with the condition deserve better

A picture of the Bedfordshire falls service team, including a nurse, in front of a fire engine

How working with non-nursing partners can improve your service

A collaboration with ambulance and fire teams helped community nurses respond to falls

A screen showing coloured images from a lung scan

Rise in non-smoking lung cancer: how you can support earlier diagnosis

What nurses can do to help ensure that red flags symptoms are picked up promptly

Flu jab

Flu jab uptake: why emotional blackmail and the promise of a lollipop didn’t sway me

Staff need to know they won’t feel pressure to keep working if they develop side effects

5 simple ways to be a greener nurse – small climate-conscious changes you can make

These easy adjustments to your routine could save energy and cut emissions

Expert advice

A healthcare professional and older patient run through a blood monitoring process with the aid of a tablet computer at the patient’s home

Delegating healthcare activities: what is it and how can nurses do it safely?

Skills for Care’s guiding principles can help towards safe and effective delegation

Face of young boy looking forlorn, his measles rash easily visible because of his light skin

Measles surge: what you need to know right now, and how your practice is affected

Your quick guide to public health messaging, symptom recognition and infection control

A teenage girl lies on her side looking distressed while her mother sits close by holding her hand and puts her other hand on her head to comfort her

What you need to know about caring for children with epilepsy

Support can include peer group activities, school counselling and individual care plans

Latest guidance for injection techniques in diabetes care

Patients should be encouraged to follow best practice to manage their condition

Close up of a young woman’s arm with a continuous glucose monitoring device on it and recording the reading on a mobile phone

All you need to know about glucose monitoring for type 2 diabetes in children

Why continuous monitoring is now recommended for some young people with type 2 diabetes

Setting up a nurse-led project: how to make a business case and gain funding

Tips on demonstrating the benefits of the proposed service and making your bid for funds

Editorial

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Illustration of a nurse holding her face in her hands, with red flags on each side of her labelled intense workload, patient safety, unfinished care and pressure

We need recognition and action on community nursing’s red flags

The sector’s red flag issues are just as urgent and complex as other specialties

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Primary care nurse Julie Roye holds her award for RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

Inspirational primary care nurse wins RCN Nurse of the Year 2023

Julie Roye’s methods and ideas helped to improve smear uptake rates for diverse groups

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A woman presents to a general practice nurse with a wrist injury

GPNs must be included in roles reimbursement scheme if this vital role is to be nurtured

Including GPNs on the ARRS would prevent them feeling devalued and deskilled

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An illustration of a nurse holding an umbrella over her colleagues as three of them talk together and another sits in consultation with a mother and child: supervision safeguards standards and protects the workforce

Clinical supervision aids well-being and bolsters our workforce

Supervision can make nurses feel more valued and less likely to quit due to pressure

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Illustration shows a general practice nurse with a loudhailer standing on top of a signpost showing four directions to take

Why general practice nurses are special and unique

The role covers so much in primary care and offers many opportunities

Are you ready to shine? Then enter our RCN Nursing Awards 2023

The awards are open to nurses, midwives, health visitors, students and support workers

Your views

Patient confidentiality and sharing patient data in your work WhatsApp group

What safeguards do you need to help you use instant messaging responsibly?

Illustration showing healthcare staff in different uniforms, representing different professions, standing on top of piles of coins of varying heights, suggesting pay differences between professions

NHS pay: would a separate pay spine benefit nurses?

We ask our readers if a split from Agenda for Change is the best approach

A year on from NHS industrial action, what has changed for nurses?

After the hard-won pay deal, we ask our readers’ panel how they feel about the dispute now

Dreaded form-filling: would standardisation across all settings make your job easier?

Universal patient documentation and its potential to ease your admin burden

Is it safe to ask nurses to move settings to fill-in the staffing gaps?

Nursing care is complex and staff from diverse specialties aren’t interchangeable

Why does it feel like pay for care home and independent sector nurses is overlooked?

Are non-NHS staff under-estimated by the public and even their nursing colleagues?

Reviews

Book review: Where There is No Psychiatrist (second edition)

University programme leader Rachel Erskine reviews Where There is No Psychiatrist (second edition)

Book review: Fast Facts: Parkinson’s Disease (Fourth edition)

Clinical research nurse Kathryn Louise Walker reviews Fast Facts: Parkinson’s Disease (Fourth edition)

Book review: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Practice manager Sonia Hall reviews Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Book review: Public Health Ethics (Second edition)

Professor of public health research Susan Carr reviews Public Health Ethics (Second edition)

Book review: Healthcare in Transition: Understanding key ideas and tensions in...

Specialist community practitioner Anne-Louise Robens reviews Healthcare in Transition: Understanding key ideas and tensions in contemporary health policy

Book review: Walking Forward, Looking Back

Practice development nurse Valerie McGurk reviews Walking Forward, Looking Back

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