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COVID-19 guidelines: what our review found was an astonishing lack of evidence base

Ill-informed reviews left nurses vulnerable – and we must not let this happen again

Courage to lead: how any nurse can create real change

No matter what your nursing experience, if you have the desire to create change, you can

Industrial action: I chose not to strike before, but this time is different

RCN Nurses of the Year appeal to colleagues to stand up for pay and patients

Delayed discharge: we must fix the wait for take-home meds to free-up precious beds

With acute beds at a premium, isn’t it time we made the process smoother?

The ‘Big Quit’: would flexible working and retirement options encourage you to stay?

The NHS needs older experienced staff to stay, which will require sustained policy change

Staff retention: what would the NHS look like if nurses’ roles were respected?

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment

Expert advice

What happens when someone makes a complaint about you: a step-by step guide for nurses

Take some of the stress out of the process by finding out what to expect at every stage

Multiple sclerosis: latest NICE guidance on understanding symptoms and treatments

Guideline reflects progress made in care and management of adults with MS

Acting up: find out if you should be getting more money

What you need to know if you are taking on work that is not part of your normal role

Industrial action ballot: how it works and what you need to know

Our guide explains the rules on the poll and its potential impact on pay

DNACPR notices: the patient’s role in decision-making and when consent is needed

The discussions required for valid notices, and how patients and their families are involved

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Hypertension: what non-specialist nurses need to know about high blood pressure

Symptoms to look out for, risk factors and treatment options

Editorial

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Should specialist nurses be asked to help cover cleaning duties on wards?

Nurses turn to social media to call out disrespectful request that undermines profession

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NHS pay rise: nurses are a force to be reckoned with

Until the government values nursing there will always be recruitment and retention crises

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Striking nurses

NHS pay deal: could this be the moment when nurses decide it’s time to strike?

Calls for industrial action likely as inflation dashes hopes of progress on nurses’ pay

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Will renewed NHS parking charges be the final straw for many nurses?

Ending free parking for hospital staff is out of touch with rising cost of living pressures

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Flexible working: why the NHS must make it work if it wants to retain its nurses

Nurses deserve work-life balance and employers must find ways to help them achieve it

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NHS nurse retention: yes pay is key, but so are working conditions

Nursing staff need and deserve not just time for breaks, but the spaces to take them

Your views

Should NHS employers offer menopause leave to their staff?

Time off to manage symptoms could help retain nurses, but beware unintended consequences

Would you feel safer if mandatory mask wearing were reintroduced for patients?

With infection rates on the rise, wearing face coverings is ‘encouraged’ in some settings

Delaying or coming out of retirement: will it help solve the patient care crisis?

Our panel consider if a ‘quick fix’ can work and if burnt-out staff will want to return

Coping with rising prices: does being a nurse leave you out of pocket?

Readers explain how the financial load could be lifted for themselves and colleagues

Despite poor pay and rising living costs, what makes you stay in the profession?

It’s a role where you make a difference, say our readers – but poor pay is a growing concern

Free period products at work: should your employer provide them?

What readers think about calls to make sanitary products free and easily available to staff

Reviews

Health Communication: Theoretical and critical perspectives

This frank and bold text sets out to dispel assumptions and fill a much-needed gap in health communication literature

Working Together in Clinical Supervision: A Guide for Supervisors and Supervisees

A useful, well-written book primarily aimed at less experienced supervisors and supervisees. It would be most suited to busy mental health professionals seeking an up-to-date and concise text to guide their clinical supervision

Book review: Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

Retired practice development nurse Valerie McGurk reviews Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this book, which is a refreshing and easy read while tackling a wide topic in an informative way

Recovery in Mental Health Nursing

The blurb on the back cover says this book is for nurses and other professionals in mental health practice, but the contents are clearly directed towards nursing students

Positive Communication: Activities to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of...

Useful activities to help boost confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing in older people

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