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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

Some £1 coins spread on a document with the word pension printed under the heading payments

What every nurse in the NHS needs to know about the pension scheme overhaul

How you might be affected – plus a warning to anyone thinking of opting out

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

A nurse holding a clipboard makes notes while in the background a patient lies in a hospital bed

The (quiet) steps you can take to help inpatients get a good night’s sleep

Find out about measures that minimise disturbance at night – but don’t mean extra workload

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

Evidence and Practice

After COVID-19: preparing staff for future surges in respiratory illness in children...

Why you should read this article: • To learn about a project that aimed to support teams...

Care of an infant born with a cleft palate: a case study

Care of an infant born with a cleft palate: a case study

Nurses should work in close partnership with the family and the multidisciplinary team

Checking nasogastric tube safety in children cared for in the community: a re-examination of the evidence base

Nasogastric tube safety in children cared for in the community: evidence re-examined

A revised approach is proposed in which nurses can use checks other than nasogastric...

Developing a web-based app for non-mental health nurses to assess the mental health needs and risks of children and young people

App for non-mental health nurses to assess needs, risks of children and young people

Overview of project to develop app to assess mental health needs, risks of children and...

Oral and dental health promotion for children’s nurses

Oral and dental health promotion for children’s nurses

Opportunistic dental advice should be provided to help prevent early onset dental disease

Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema

Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema

Learn about strategies nurses can use to help families manage atopic eczema


A nurse sitting on her own looking sad and upset

Child deaths: how to cope with your own feelings when a patient dies

Three children's nurses share how they manage their emotions after a patient’s death

Illustration featuring five different NHS uniform tunic colours, from left to right: indigo, green, sea blue, navy blue and light blue

Uniform approach: what we like about our standardised scrubs

Nurses from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the pros of their nations’ uniforms

Illustration shows healthcare staff around a table formed from a clock face to suggest a team approach to rostering

Rostering: could more control over your shift timings transform your work-life balance?

Team-based rostering pilots point to improved staff retention and greater collaboration

Community nurse arrives at man’s front door. The two greet each other, suggesting a they share a warm bond

Bonding with long-term patients: promoting continuity of care within healthy boundaries

Tips on fostering ongoing therapeutic relationships while avoiding undue attachment

A young child looks into the distance with tears rolling down their cheek

How nurses can help prepare children for the death of a parent with cancer

Honest conversations with children about end of life can help them cope with grief

Bad manager

How to handle a bullying, weak or incompetent boss

Tips on initiating constructive conversations and where to seek support over poor leadership


A tired and ill child with measles lies down in bed

Surge in measles cases underlines the need for children to be vaccinated

Nurses should help parents get access to the safe and effective vaccines for their children

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

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 nursing student stands with a ward nurse as they consult notes together

You’re about to start a clinical placement? Here are 7 things you need to know

Find out how to achieve your learning goals while maintaining a work-life balance

Nursing student Andrew Poole sits at a table in a community hall talking to a parish nursing client while on clinical placement

Community placement: what does working with parish nurses involve?

Parish nursing teams can offer scope to develop communication and health promotion skills

Nurse, face unseen, holds an illuminated lightbulb, with systematically connected dots appearing to radiate from, illustrating the capacity of nurses to be innovative

Care innovations: how to spark ideas on placement and influence change in practice

Hospital-based projects are a chance to gather evidence, present a case and improve care


Three young woman huddle together, all looking at their phones. Social media can effective in advertising nurse vacancies

Social media recruitment: how you can turbo-charge interest in vacancies where you work

TikTok and other platforms are proving to be powerful tools for filling nurse roles

Top half of clock-face, with the word deadline emblazoned on it, the time showing six minutes to midnight. Revalidation deadlines can induce panic in NMC registrants

Help! My revalidation is looming and I’m worried I’ve left it too late to get started

Don’t panic – let our portfolio tool take the strain out of organising your documents

Sexual assault referrals: my work as a forensic nurse examiner

A typical day in this demanding role, and the skills and compassion required