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Someone washing their hands. It is important to wash hands thoroughly at the end of a shift. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: dos and don’ts for when you get home

Online sources list rigorous steps to take after each shift – but what do the experts say?

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 Alice Kit Tak Ong (left) and Rebecca Mack (right)

COVID-19: tributes paid after death of two more nurses

Employers and loved ones praise dedication of Alice Kit Tak Ong and Rebecca Mack

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Reusing single-use PPE

COVID-19: ‘promised PPE supplies are not reaching front-line staff’

Inadequate provision is compromising nurse and patient safety, RCN warns

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CPR during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses receive conflicting advice on PPE and resuscitation

Public Health England guidance contrasts with Resuscitation Council advice on CPR

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A nurse dialling a mobile phone. The helpline is designed to support NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: mental health helpline for nurses opens

NHS staff can speak to volunteers from charities such as Hospice UK and the Samaritans

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Handwashing and PPE

COVID-19 survey: RCN calls for nurses’ feedback on the crisis

Three-pronged survey will look at healthcare staff’s experiences throughout the pandemic

Evidence and Practice

Role of the body in cancer, sense-making and the search for meaning

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your knowledge of the role of the body in...

Assessing and managing diarrhoea in patients with prostate cancer who undergo pelvic radiotherapy

Managing diarrhoea in patients with prostate cancer who undergo pelvic radiotherapy

This article describes the assessment and initial and long-term management of diarrhoea

Exploring patients’ lived experiences and perceptions of chemotherapy

Exploring patients’ lived experiences and perceptions of chemotherapy

Why you should read this article • To gain an in-depth understanding of patients’ lived...

Psychological care

Understanding the demand and unmet need for psychological cancer care in the community

Psychological care for people with cancer and their carers is not meeting demand

Cannabinoids for the treatment of cancer-related pain: a systematic review

Cannabinoids for the treatment of cancer-related pain: a systematic review

A review of evidence around potential medicinal use in treating cancer-related pain

Effectiveness of interventions to support male partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer

Interventions to support male partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer

This literature review aims to evaluate the effectiveness of such interventions

Features

Picture shows a group of hikers going through a wood. Evidence shows physical exercise has a positive effect on patients before, during and after treatment.

How exercise can boost health and recovery of people with cancer

Physical exercise has a positive effect on cancer patients before, during and after treatment

Picture shows nurse Sarah O'Donnell with patient Glenys Crisp. Nurses are helping cancer survivors to resume a normal routine by treating them at their workplace.

NHS trust’s chemotherapy in the workplace service proves popular with nurse and patient

Nurses help patients to resume a normal routine by treating them at their workplace

Illustration of mental health service users discussing cervical screening with healthcare professionals

Cervical cancer screening resources to address mental health disparities

Support for women service users with severe mental illness to access screening

Picture is an illustration of a woman in nursing uniform touching an image in a mirror of herself wearing everyday clothes. Two nurses and a doctor share their experiences of having cancer and offer a unique perspective on cancer care

Our cancer experience: health professionals share their stories and offer advice

Two nurses and a breast surgeon offer a unique perspective on cancer care

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The RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 provide an opportunity to show what great work you are doing

Why not nominate yourself or a colleague for these prestigious nursing awards?

Picture shows an older man checking the results of his PSA test online as part of the supported self-management programme. New care pathways are easing the strain on prostate cancer services and could be applicable to other types of cancer.

Prostate cancer: supported self-management programme gives patients more control

New care pathway could also ease strain on prostate cancer services

Opinion

A specialist nurse explains gynaecological cancers to a patient

Forum focus: specialist nurses are needed now more than ever in cancer care

Politicians must see value of vital role

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Picture shows a young nurse in scrubs looking weary with her hand to her head. Added stress from the coronavirus and helping patients to cope with an uncertain future is stretching the resilience of nurses.

COVID-19: staff well-being initiatives are vital as nurses face greater pressures

The COVID-19 crisis and helping patients to cope is extremely stressful on nurses

Cancer words

Be aware of the effect language and phrases can have on cancer patients

Healthcare professionals share their experiences as cancer patients

Students

Don’t worry if you shed a tear

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student realised that through a caring approach he was able to make a difference

An insight into the hidden battles of patients with invisible illnesses

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer, she gained a greater understanding of the experiences of those living with invisible conditions

Singing

Student’s homemade songbook helped patients forget cancer symptoms

When nursing student Georgia Brain created a book of lyrics to help her patients remember the words of songs from their youth, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of a patient-centred approach to care

Careers

Picture shows theatre nurse Marie Taniacao with the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. Her course at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust will give her the skills to assist surgeons during robotic operations.

Harnessing the power of robotics allows me to retain the human touch

A theatre nurse reflects on how her high-tech role enhances patient contact

Nurses Emma Cuthbert and Chelsea Jackson from the oncology ward at Northampton General Hospital

What it’s like working as an oncology nurse

Joining a cancer ward can be daunting, but it allows you to work closely with patients

NET Patient Foundation

NET nurses: supporting patients confused by their rare cancer diagnosis

‘Even healthcare professionals don’t know enough about neuroendocrine cancers’

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