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Cuts to nursing student placements ‘ridiculously stressful’

Students at Birmingham City University talk of their struggle to make up the required hours

Strike action: some nurses claim RCN postal ballot never arrived

More than 96% of members at one trust in favour but were eight votes shy of 50% threshold

Lucy Letby

Lucy Letby: colleague who had ‘sleepless nights’ recalls odd rash on Child D

Paediatrician confirmed ‘full house’ of indicators that baby had been injected with air

Nurse on march for pay holds RCN placard calling for fair pay for nursing

NHS strike action: why nurses say it’s now time they put themselves first

Nurses quick to react to RCN announcement of the biggest strike in NHS history

Nurses will strike: NHS faces biggest walk out in its history as RCN members vote yes

Most NHS employers face mass winter walk outs over poor pay and patient safety concerns

Lucy Letby ‘told off’ colleague who called for help when baby’s oxygen levels dropped

Neonatal assistant was shocked that her request for extra help was questioned

Evidence and Practice

Mental health service provision for single homeless people: findings from a freedom of...

Why you should read this article: • To increase your awareness of the ways in which single...

Exploring the effect of a therapy dog in a group for young people experiencing anxiety

Exploring the effect of a therapy dog in a group for young people experiencing anxiety

Enhancing nurses’ knowledge of the use of canine-assisted therapy in healthcare settings

The relevance of practitioners providing trauma-informed care for rough sleepers

The symptoms of PTSD for rough sleepers and adopting a trauma-informed approach to care

Supporting young people who are leaving child and adolescent mental health services

Supporting young people who are leaving child and adolescent mental health services

Enhance your understanding of the benefits of personalised care planning

Providing specialist clinical support for adoptive parents and adoption professionals

Providing specialist clinical support for adoptive parents and adoption professionals

The core aspects of the role of a specialist practitioner lead for adoption in a CAMHS team

Restrictive interventions: understanding and reducing their use in mental health settings

Understanding and reducing use of restrictive interventions in mental health settings

Enhance your awareness of ethical issues and legal frameworks around such interventions

Features

Workplace aggression: how to handle difficult colleagues and when to raise concerns

What to do if hostile, rude or negligent behaviour is affecting morale and patient care

Sleep deprived? How to get a good rest, whatever your shift pattern

Find out what aids good sleep, whether you’re working nights or days

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Gloves off: how to implement greener infection control with one small change

RCN Nursing Award winner Robert Vicente’s tips on cutting waste while maintaining safety

When patients withhold facts: how to spot untruths and encourage openness

‘White lies’ can jeopardise care, but they may just be a way to avoid judgement

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Alison Bunce

‘Start with just one act of kindness’: meet the RCN Nurse of the Year 2022

Alison Bunce created a community initiative that puts compassion first

Nurse well-being: practical support for your own and colleagues’ mental health

Advice and help as workplace pressures and the cost-of-living crisis hit home

Opinion

Use of restrictive practices: the ethical, legal and practical issues

Practical advice on delivering safe and humane interventions

We can’t rebuild health services without it – so who’s focusing on staff well-being?

Shortages and pandemic pressures have caused high rates of mental ill-health among nurses

Language tests for overseas nurses: how are the rules changing?

What the NMC’s new requirements will mean for internationally-trained staff

Students

How to show leadership and organisation skills as a nursing student

Students on GP placement found ‘lost’ patients who were missing out on vital diabetes care

Study on pause: how to help students resume their nursing courses

How a pastoral lecturer programme can help students get back on track

What a career in community nursing really looks like – and where to start

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman shares tips and resources in this helpful video

Careers

What does an occupational health nurse do and could it be the role for me?

Find out about a varied career that can be in the NHS or anywhere in the world of work

Having trouble accessing clinical supervision? You’re not alone

How to overcome the barriers to supervision and help maintain a healthy workforce

What does a neuropsychiatry specialist nurse do, and could this be the role for you?

Find out about a specialist role that gives hope and support to patients and families

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