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Retired nurses on pensions can work part-time in NHS Scotland

New interim guidance makes it quicker and easier for retiring nursing staff to return

Nurse struck off after watching Netflix ‘for hours’ while on duty

Nurse Susan Hughes faced a series of charges, including failure to respond to emergency calls

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Nurse vacancies hit record high 47,000 in England

Latest figures show 20% jump from March to June, prompting RCN to renew call on strike action

Nurse leaders say healthcare support workers cannot replace registered nurses

NHS England made 35,000 job offers to support workers this year to ease pressure on trusts

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Nurses who go on strike won’t face fitness to practise hearings, NMC says

As thousands take part in pay ballots, regulator asserts the right to join industrial action

GMB union asks nurses if they will strike over ‘punishment’ pay offer

The ballot seeks views of almost 10,000 nurse members as workers try ‘to make ends meet’

Analysis

CPD: are the right opportunities hard to find? Practical advice to meet your needs

Tips on accessing tailored learning and development and how employers can help

Medication errors: how to avoid them and what to do if you make one

Advice on common mistakes, their potential consequences and methods to improve safety

Salary sacrifice purchases: things to consider before signing up

It may seem like a lifeline, but the option can increase financial difficulties for some

Patients at risk of suicide: how to talk openly and offer support

Compassionate conversations with people who have a terminal or life-limiting illness

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Pay offer: how it breaks down and what nurses need to know

Met with a decision to ballot on industrial action, NHS offer is among most complicated ever

Can an end to long-term segregation now become a reality?

A positive intervention programme aims to overcome barriers keeping people segregated

Clinical update

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

Long-COVID: what it means and how to manage the longer-term effects

Advice from NICE on how to care for patients with ongoing symptoms of the virus

Prescribing

Preparing to Prescribe toolkit: becoming a non-medical prescriber

Updated online resource is a step-by-step guide for nurses considering a prescribing course

Human trafficking and modern slavery: how nurses can support victims

What to look for, how to help – and what not to do if you if you suspect a patient is at risk

Patient notes

Dementia and the prescription of antipsychotics in hospital

Key points for nurses from a dementia audit by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

Policy briefing

Obesity strategy: steps for tackling a public health crisis

The government’s plan to get the nation fit, protect against COVID-19 and ease strain on the NHS

Managing recovery from COVID-19

A service to aid long-term recovery will offer personalised, online-based aftercare

Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

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Interventions to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people

Public Health England focuses on promoting critical importance of mental health

Picture shows an older couple, the woman appearing confused and a nurse looking at her. Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document.

Personalised care for people with dementia

Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document

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Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

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Parents’ mental health impaired when children are seriously ill

Parents whose children need intensive care treatment suffer clinically significant impairment of their mental health, researchers say

Alcohol use disorders a major risk for dementia, especially early-onset

Alcohol use disorders are a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, study shows

Learning, memory problems seen in adolescents with OCD

Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder have learning and memory problems that could affect their self-esteem, researchers say

Women prone to mood swings prompted by season, daylight

Women experience seasonal changes in their mood across the year, including more depression in winter, regardless of social and lifestyle factors, a study shows

Singing in groups shown to promote recovery, improve mental health

Singing in groups could help improve patients’ mental health, promoting a feeling of belonging and improved social skills and confidence, researchers say

Young show perfectionism more than past generations

Young people display greater perfectionist tendencies today than 30 years ago due to the increasing demands of society and competitive individualism, a study shows

Podcast

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Andrea Sutcliffe

Fitness to practise: why nurses shouldn’t be fearful of the NMC

Nursing and Midwifery Council chief Andrea Sutcliffe on treating all staff equally

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Dysphagia: what nurses need to know to care for patients

Our latest podcast explores dysphagia, or difficulty in eating, drinking and swallowing

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Patient safety: safe staffing and knowing when not to compromise

Our podcast guest urges nurses to act if they think working standards are being eroded

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Overcome self-limiting beliefs to build your confidence – and your professional career

Learn how to unlock the barriers that can hold you back from embracing new opportunities

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Picture of Jim Blair, a learning disability nurse consultant, and Lauretta Ofulue, a learning disability nurse now training to be a specialist community public health nurse, who feature in the latest Nursing Standard podcast

What all nurses have to gain from learning disabilities training

Our podcast looks at what's behind mandatory training, plus strategies from specialist nurses

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Laurence Drew, Deanna Hodge and Amy Dopson of Surrey University

Nursing Standard podcast: practical guide to the NMC education standards

Nurse academics from University of Surrey share tips for getting the most from the framework

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This sponsored article describes emergency care for people with hereditary angioedema

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This webinar, sponsored by HARTMANN, seeks to address variation in practice and outcomes for lower limb wounds

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Sponsored: Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

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Sponsored: Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

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Sponsored: Find your most extraordinary RMN job with Priory

Most nurses enter the profession to make a real difference to people’s lives, and our Registered Mental Health nurses are no different. What sets them apart, however, are the incredible lengths they go to, to make it happen.

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