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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

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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’

Government plans to extend pension abatement until March to boost winter staffing

Critics say extending changes made at start of COVID-19 pandemic is just a short-term fix

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Type 2 diabetes: how to manage the rise in cases among children and young people

Many children are not receiving specialist care or advice on how to minimise complications

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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

Why are nurses more likely to be bullied than other NHS staff?

Advice for staff when faced with a toxic culture that poses a risk to them and patient care

PPE: there is more of it – but it’s still not fit for purpose, say female nurses

Nursing Standard survey finds many still struggle to get equipment that fits

Compassionate leadership: how to make it happen in your workplace

Empathy and inclusiveness can be hard to find in the hierarchies of the NHS

Nurses’ freedom to speak: are things better for whistleblowers in the NHS?

Improvements have been made, but work culture still needs to change

Clinical update

Bronchiolitis: how to recognise red flag symptoms requiring emergency care

Updated NICE guidance focuses on diagnosis, red flag symptoms and when to seek emergency care

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

Cardiac arrest and CPR: guidance update aims to improve survival and patient outcomes

Resuscitation UK advice affirms role of advance care planning

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Chronic pain management in children and young people

New guidelines focus on physical, psychological and pharmacological interventions

Looked after children: a framework for better outcomes

Revised guidance details roles and competencies required of healthcare staff

Managing aerosol generating procedures in school for children with complex medical needs

Updated guidance covers children with a tracheostomy or respiratory difficulties

Policy briefing

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Guidance on school nursing during the pandemic

Advice on how school nursing services in England can operate during imposed restrictions

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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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Long-term ventilation: best practice in caring for children and young people

Concerns about standards of care with long-term ventilation reviewed by NCEPOD

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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

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Safeguarding partners: what children’s nurses need to know

How will the new safeguarding partners differ from local safeguarding children’s boards?

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A national accident prevention strategy for England

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents calls for preventive action across the ages

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Measles

Link between measles and airflow obstruction

Childhood measles can affect post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in later life

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Young children do not learn from watching videos on smartphones

Study shows that children respond to videos on smartphone screens but do not benefit educationally

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Mothers caring for children with cancer need greater financial support

Study finds women parenting children with cancer have lower incomes than those with children who do not

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Asthma: protein from parasitic worms suppresses allergic reactions

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh who tested the Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) on mice hope findings will lead to using the protein as the basis for the treatment of asthma

Cannabis

Epileptic seizures in children halved when using natural compounds found in cannabis –...

Findings follows 36 studies of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of children and adults who have a rare form of epilepsy

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