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Picture shows Shawn McLaren (left) with RCNi senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett

Nursing Standard podcast: enteral feeding and its effects on patients

In our latest podcast, dietitian and lecturer Shawn McLaren talks about enteral feeding

Patient-centred discussions about emergency treatment

CPR decisions: what the updated ReSPECT form means for nurses

Resuscitation Council UK says the form is more patient-centred to support informed decisions

International recruitment plans include funding flights and accommodation

Leaked: NHS plan to increase international recruitment by 41% to plug nurse staffing gap

NHS England confirms £29 million investment in international nurse recruits

Pat Cullen (centre) with striking nurses in December 2019

Nurse who led historic RCN strike is nominated in National Campaigner Awards

RCN Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen is nominee in outstanding leadership category

Violence against nurses: government plans to double prison sentence to two years

Extension to existing law will cover England and Wales

New dementia module for nurses

Dementia UK offers free online course for nurses on supporting families and carers

Six-part module gives insight into the impact of dementia

Evidence and Practice

Understanding the elements of a holistic wound assessment

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of the factors that can affect...

Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis

Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis

Learn how to recognise sepsis and optimise patients’ chances of survival

Open access
An enduring legacy: contributions of Royal College of Nursing fellows to nursing science

An enduring legacy: contributions of Royal College of Nursing fellows to nursing science

How RCN fellows have contributed to advancing the profession

Artificial hydration at the end of life: balancing benefits and risks in the absence of conclusive evidence

Artificial hydration at the end of life: balancing benefits and risks

Explore the central questions in the absence of conclusive evidence

Using the SSKIN care bundle to prevent pressure ulcers in the intensive care unit

Learn about risk assessment tools and how to use the five-step care bundle

Role of the nurse in supporting the safe use of opioids

Role of the nurse in supporting the safe use of opioids

Understand the pharmacology, side effects and risks of opioids

Features

Sexual harassment against nurses: what to do if you or your colleagues are affected

New RCN guidance aims to empower nurses to recognise and report it

COVID-19 ‘surge’ training: helping nurses provide compassionate end of life care

Redeployed staff learn about communication skills and their roles as witness bearers

Skilled professionals or NHS ‘heroes’: has public perception of nursing really changed?

An enhanced profile is one thing, but better pay and support requires a fundamental shift

Childbirth, menopause, ageing and stress incontinence: dispelling the myths

How nurses can explain that pads are not the answer and need not be inevitable

Why using the terminology of ‘pain catastrophising’ can be harmful

Patients experiencing chronic pain think the term belittles how they are affected

Keeping anticoagulant services flowing during the COVID-19 pandemic

From blood tests via letterboxes to managing drug switches, nurses have been adapting care

Opinion

Why nurse managers need to start saying ‘yes’ to flexible working

Even small changes to staff working patterns can improve care and retain nurses

Successful nursing handovers: tips for every shift

Clear communication is critical. Here’s how to make the most of handovers

Fair pay: the only option that helps us keep the nurses we have

The international nurse stopgap is no longer a possibility. COVID-19 demands a values shift

Students

Isolation and COVID-19: what I learned from my placement at a mental health hub

A nursing student saw first-hand the need for early interventions in mental healthcare

Mental health lead David Van DeVelde

The importance of equality and diversity in nursing care

Mental Health Lead David Van de Velde reflects on the importance of equality and diversity in nursing care and in teams

Can a mental health service user also be a good nursing student?

For a nursing career, an understanding of service users’ experiences is actually a positive

Careers

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Nursing careers and jobs fair: RCNi’s events go virtual

Find your dream job or attend a CPD-accredited seminar - all without leaving home

Agency nurses: why we need to challenge outdated stereotypes

How the right support and training can make the most of this vital healthcare workforce

By innovating service improvements you’re transforming your career and patient care

When nurses are a force for change, their own professional development benefits

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