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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

Rising fuel costs forcing nurses to turn down community roles

Nurse leaders say resulting staff shortages are putting vulnerable patients at risk

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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

Analysis

Good continence care: tips and tools for nurses working in any setting

Find out how to ask patients the right questions, assess their symptoms and provide support

Sight loss and driver safety: how to spot symptoms and advise your patients

What you need to know about common conditions and your duty in relation to informing the DVLA

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

Nursing in social care: how leadership opportunities can change its image

Using career pathways and peer support to attract people to the sector

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

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

Nutrition-related sarcopenia: how to advise patients on improving diet

Sarcopenia is marked by a loss of muscle mass and often seen in older people

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

Resuscitation UK advice affirms role of advance care planning

Safeguarding older people in care homes: recommendations on policy, training and culture

Guidance from NICE on spotting signs of neglect and abuse and action to take

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

Online repeat prescriptions: advice on how to order for care home residents

Information on setting up secure proxy access for care home staff for repeat prescriptions

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

COVID-19: how to make PPE less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Public Health England has issued guidance for staff in care homes

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 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

Care home medication management

Care home charter aims to improve medicines management

The Patients Association charter promotes shared decision-making

Bowel cancer

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

Research news

Picture shows a 3D illustration of herpes viruses and antibodies. Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Vital role for nurses in shingles vaccination uptake

Nurses play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine targeting people over 70

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Frailty

Care home nurses’ role in identifying frailty in older people

Ways in which healthcare professionals may be able to help and intervene

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Could glial cells in the brain hold the key to curing Alzheimer’s?

Genetic studies show that multiple genes are involved with the development of the disease

Stomach acid reflux

Proton pump inhibitors should not be used for longer than necessary, study finds

Research compares death rates of people taking PPIs with those taking H2 blockers

Glucosamine may help prevent cardiovascular disease

Dietary supplement glucosamine may help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce mortality

Blood tests offer clue to dementia risk

Blood tests using biomarkers could be used to predict dementia risk

Exercise

Exercise counters functional decline of older people in hospital

Older people in hospital need an exercise programme to avoid discharge with a new disability

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