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Someone washing their hands. It is important to wash hands thoroughly at the end of a shift. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: dos and don’ts for when you get home

Online sources list rigorous steps to take after each shift – but what do the experts say?

 Alice Kit Tak Ong (left) and Rebecca Mack (right)

COVID-19: tributes paid after death of two more nurses

Employers and loved ones praise dedication of Alice Kit Tak Ong and Rebecca Mack

Reusing single-use PPE

COVID-19: ‘promised PPE supplies are not reaching front-line staff’

Inadequate provision is compromising nurse and patient safety, RCN warns

CPR during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses receive conflicting advice on PPE and resuscitation

Public Health England guidance contrasts with Resuscitation Council advice on CPR

A nurse dialling a mobile phone. The helpline is designed to support NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: mental health helpline for nurses opens

NHS staff can speak to volunteers from charities such as Hospice UK and the Samaritans

Handwashing and PPE

COVID-19 survey: RCN calls for nurses’ feedback on the crisis

Three-pronged survey will look at healthcare staff’s experiences throughout the pandemic

Evidence and Practice

How to verify the death of a patient

Rationale and key points Why you should read this article: • To understand the steps...

Using music interventions in the care of people with dementia

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the therapeutic properties of music • To...

Exploring health and social care professionals’ initial perceptions of caring for trans...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the issues that trans people may experience...

Using effective hand hygiene practice to prevent and control infection

Why you should read this article: • To learn methods of improving compliance with hand...

Role of non-specialist nurses in supporting people who misuse drugs

Why you should read this article: • To improve your knowledge of drug misuse and its...

Exploring the experiences of domiciliary caregivers simulating the role of care...

Why you should read this article • To understand how simulating the role of care recipients...


Illustration showing the location of the pituitary gland. Nurses have a critical role in early detection of pituitary gland damage as they are often in a prime position to spot the signs.

Head injury: how nurses can improve awareness of a long-term risk

The results of pituitary gland damage can emerge years after the trauma that caused it

Nurses in a common room. Taking at-work breaks whenever you can is important. Picture: Neil O'Connor

How COVID-19 is affecting nurses’ mental health, and what to do about it

There are so many reasons to feel anxious about coronavirus, but help is out there

Healthcare professionals should be up to speed with the value of physical activity. Picture: Neil O'Connor

Why exercise is needed now more than ever, by nurses as well as patients

Clinical physical activity champions are inspiring healthcare workers to stay healthy

Trainee nursing associates who were among the first to qualify for the role discussed their experiences of training and on the wards

What it’s like training as a nursing associate

Recruits to the newest role in UK nursing reveal their experiences in a new study

Operation Smile nurse Clark Agno-Gonzales treats a child held by a woman in Cebu, Thailand

Nurse volunteers: Why I’m proud to be part of charity’s first-ever all-female mission

Meet the NHS staff nurse enhancing her skills while helping to transform children’s lives

Occupational therapist Anna Tilney takes tea with a patient, who is dressed in his day clothes

How to make a ward day room a place where patient outcomes are transformed

A nurse’s vision is combatting deconditioning and supporting early discharge


Two older people going through a video consultation on a smart phone. Consultations can now take place via video call over the internet. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: how to protect people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Those with COPD should self-isolate to avoid infection, but nurses can provide care remotely

Emergency department worker wearing PPE

COVID-19: how we have prepared for the surge that’s yet to come

An emergency nurse in Belfast says vital work has seen staff pull together like never before

Consultant thoracic surgeon Joel Dunning is now working shifts as an ICU nurse

COVID-19 has taken me from surgeon to ICU nurse

With the support of our ICU nursing team, I am learning how to care for ventilated patients


The Children and Young People Student Nurse Network on Twitter

COVID-19: what nursing students will need most as they join the emergency register

Reassurance and support from healthcare professionals, universities and our peers is vital

A worried-looking nursing student wearing scrubs

COVID-19: your student routine may be disrupted, but don’t neglect your mental health

With early registration a possibility for some, mental well-being is more important than ever

Shopping volunteer delivering supplies

COVID-19: how a neighbourhood volunteer scheme is teaching me about leadership

One nursing student is coordinating a network of support for vulnerable community members


ICU sign

COVID-19: what to expect if you are deployed to a critical care setting

As critical care patient numbers rise, nurses are joining teams in an often unfamiliar role

Return to work in ICU during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: returning to work as an ICU nurse is scary, but it’s a privilege too

A nurse’s experience of returning to clinical practice after a 25-year break

Nurses following a doctor into a hospital room with a patient. Picture: iStock

COVID-19: working within the limits of your competence

How to ensure you work at your own skill level, even in exceptional circumstances