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Bowel cancer

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care

Debbie Hicks, co-chair of TREND-UK, which represents diabetes nursing groups

Investigation reveals ‘confusing’ array of diabetes nursing job titles

Wide variation in job names, with ‘nurses’ below band 5, prompts call for standardisation

Tribunal hearing

Senior nurse unfairly dismissed by NHS board, tribunal rules

Jeff Horn ‘gobsmacked’ by decision after two periods of stress-induced sick leave

flags from the union Unite

Pay strike: health visitors plan walkout as dispute shifts to role regrading

Lincolnshire County Council claims split grades reflect variation in skills and experience

woman stands by window reading her phone

Nurses boost health screening rates by using Facebook to promote prevention services

Practice staff are harnessing social media to widen uptake and reduce anxiety

guernsey members of the RCN take part in a pay protest

Pay dispute: nurses on Guernsey head for industrial action

Channel island's RCN members are demanding pay parity with public sector colleagues

Evidence and Practice

Exploring the fundamental aspects of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery nurse’s role

Why you should read this article: • To be aware of the main principles of Enhanced Recovery...

Embedding spiritual care into everyday nursing practice

Why you should read this article • To raise awareness of the importance of spirituality and...

How to care for patients undergoing paracentesis for the drainage of ascites

How to care for patients undergoing paracentesis for the drainage of ascites

The nurse’s role in monitoring the patient and administering treatment

Supporting patients to make lifestyle behaviour changes

Supporting patients to make lifestyle behaviour changes

Enhance your knowledge of the benefits of health promotion and preventing ill health

Role of the nurse consultant in infection prevention and control

Role of the nurse consultant in infection prevention and control

Read how they develop evidence-based practice and motivate and inspire staff

Understanding the role of chaplains in supporting patients and healthcare staff

Understanding the role of chaplains in supporting patients and healthcare staff

Discover why chaplains might provide a more generic and less religious service in the future


Picture of a hospital corridor where a medic is comforting a young woman. By walking in the shoes of carers whose loved ones are dying, teams of nurses are finding ways to improve support offered by their hospitals.

End of life care: finding out what matters to the families and carers of dying patients

The programme that helps nurses see care through the eyes of patients’ loved ones

Asking staff what they think about their workplace can have benefits for morale and patient care

What matters to nurses: does your organisation know?

One trust dared to open a conversation with staff – and faced some uncomfortable truths

Taurai Matare, ophthalmology matron at Whipps Cross Hospital in London, and RCN Nurse of the Year 2019, meets prime minister Boris Johnson

RCN Nurse of the Year: ‘I had no idea how far this award would take me’

Taurai Matare on her first 100 days in the role – and her one-to-one with the prime minister

Illustration depicting a line of figures carrying placards which together form a large  arrow pointing forward. In this article senior nurses discuss how to remove the culture of fear and create a compassionate workplace in which everyone feels valued.

Compassionate leadership: does it really give nurses a voice?

The ‘command and control’ model of leadership is now seen as outdated

bag of blood ready for transfusion – complying with safety protocols and positive patient identification are essential to reduce risk

Blood transfusion: the common procedure that can go disastrously wrong

Stakes are high when managing blood products – here’s how nurses can prevent errors


Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects


Picture shows a woman talking to a counsellor about anxiety and depression. A five-year initiative by the WHO seeks to ensure access to high quality and affordable mental health care for an additional 100 million people in 12 countries.

WHO’s $60 million mental health initiative should not ignore nursing

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organization’s five-year mental health plan

women discussing menopause in the workplace, using an information leaflet to help them

Menopause: it’s time to revolutionise what The Change means for nurses at work

Employers must recognise nursing is especially challenging for women who are in the menopause

Picture shows a scene from the movie Joker in which the star, Joaquin Phoenix, wearing clown makeup, is looking at a mirror on which has been written, ‘Put on a happy face.’ The article argues that Joker’s portrayal of mental illness is worrying. 

Joker distorts link between mental illness and violence

Joker is playing to packed cinemas, but its portrayal of mental illness is worrying


illustration shows the figure of a whole person inside a head

Adult nursing degree that embraces the blurred boundaries of physical and mental health

University of Exeter’s new programme represents a significant shift in nurse education

illustration of nurse in almost perfect reflection

The death of a patient may trigger complex emotions, but you can learn to manage them

How to ensure self-care while doing your best for patients and families at the end of life

woman talking in an interview situation – thorough preparation helps nurses impress prospective employers at interview

A nurse’s guide to winning at job interviews

Tips and techniques for conquering your nerves and impressing the panel


RCNi Nursing and cAreers Jobs Fair sessions help attendees identify their next career move

How to take charge of your nursing career

Identifying your strengths and passions will help you navigate a career path that suits you

nurse director Diane Jones

From midwife to senior commissioner – one chief nurse’s curvy career path

Diane Jones explains the hunger for autonomy that’s driven her ambition

two nurses confer on a ward

Clinical nurse educator: the role that brings learning to the bedside

Clinical educators are vital to improving care, but they can feel isolated in their workplace