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Will integrated care systems stop the postcode lottery in children’s palliative care?

There are fears as children’s palliative care services are stretched to breaking point

School nurses in dire need of more support to fulfil safeguarding role

Nurses distressed by inability to adequately safeguard and protect amid rising demand

COVID-19 guidelines: what our review found was an astonishing lack of evidence base

Ill-informed reviews left nurses vulnerable – and we must not let this happen again

Courage to lead: how any nurse can create real change

No matter what your nursing experience, if you have the desire to create change, you can

Industrial action: I chose not to strike before, but this time is different

RCN Nurses of the Year appeal to colleagues to stand up for pay and patients

The ‘Big Quit’: would flexible working and retirement options encourage you to stay?

The NHS needs older experienced staff to stay, which will require sustained policy change

Expert advice

Polio: why it is in the news and how nurses can safeguard children

Nurses are urged to check if patients and their children are vaccinated

Hepatitis in children: symptoms, possible causes and treatment

Children affected by the sudden onset of hepatitis are predominantly under five years old

What happens when someone makes a complaint about you: a step-by step guide for nurses

Take some of the stress out of the process by finding out what to expect at every stage

Acting up: find out if you should be getting more money

What you need to know if you are taking on work that is not part of your normal role

Industrial action ballot: how it works and what you need to know

Our guide explains the rules on the poll and its potential impact on pay

Medical records: am I allowed to look at my own notes at work?

What the law says about accessing your records, plus your rights of access

Editorial

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The resilience of the nursing workforce has been sorely tested over the summer

Long-term health consequences of the pandemic for children are coming to the fore

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Why we still need to be alert to COVID-19 in children

A rise in hepatitis cases is being investigated and there could be links to the pandemic

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Why workforce shortages and working practices in the NHS need to be addressed

Children’s nurses are agile and adaptable, but they are under increasing pressure and tired

Overwhelmed: how children’s nurses are keeping going despite the constant pressure

A number of concerns are contributing to children’s nurses' anxiety

Will – and should – children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

There’s no consensus on vaccinating children but school nurses will be key

Could it be you? Entries invited for the RCN Nursing Awards’ child health category

Entries for the 2021 RCN Nursing Awards are now open

Your views

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Rachel Black: Turning up the volume on children’s palliative care

This week is Children’s Hospice Week. Noah's Ark Children's Hospice director of care Rachel Black explains how the Together for Short Lives charity, along with local services across the country, are aiming to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and the services they and their families rely on.

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Poems in nursing

The benefits of scribbling a short poem

Prioritise safety & quality over accessibility

Readers' panel: Should service planners always prioritise safety and quality over...

NHS England has told three major hospitals – in London, Manchester and Leicester – to stop performing complex cardiac surgery on people born with congenital heart problems. The move is designed to improve standards and outcomes, but some parents of young patients have said they will be unable to cope with travelling long distances to another unit for treatment. Nursing Standard readers' panelists have their say on this controversial decision.

Reviews

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Book review: From Birth to Sixteen

Senior lecturer Alyson Davies reviews an account of the social context of child development

Goodbye Daisy

Book review: Goodbye Daisy

A storybook about dealing with grief for children with special educational needs

Childhood obesity

Book review: Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches

Community nursing reference guide on nutrition and childhood obesity

Great Ormond Street Handbook

Book review: Great Ormond Street Handbook of Paediatrics

Illustrative guide aimed at all healthcare professionals caring for children and young people

MentalHealth

Book review: Mental Health in Children and Young People

Senior lecturer Dean-David Holyoake reviews Mental Health in Children and Young People

ClinicalPocket

Book review: Clinical Pocket Reference: Nursing Care of Children and Young People

Nurse adviser Doreen Crawford reviews Nursing Care of Children and Young People

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