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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

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

Fair pay demonstration

‘Pay nurses a proper wage and train our own staff’ before looking overseas

Nurses berate UK government plans to recruit overseas nurses for care homes

Northern Ireland nurses to join other UK nations in industrial action ballot

Health workers in NI, who have not received a 2022-23 pay offer, will be included in RCN vote

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Call for UK-wide free period products for nurses – and the breaks to change them

Campaigners urge nations to tackle period poverty and stigma, as Scotland passes new law

Analysis

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

Collective action: how nurse power can effect change in working conditions

Nurses acting together can achieve success that has significant implications

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

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

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

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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

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

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Infection control and the coronavirus

COVID-19: infection prevention and control advice for all healthcare settings

The government has issued advice for all healthcare workers

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Coronavirus under the microscope

Novel coronavirus: how to spot suspected cases

New government guidance for nurses stresses importance of infection control measures

Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

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

Picture is abstract illustration showing three figures held within a hand. A guide on staff retention lists best practices, with suggestions including flexible working and pension options as well as support during menopause.

Guide sets out strategies for healthcare staff retention

Suggestions focus on flexible working and pension options, support during menopause

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

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

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

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