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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

Understaffing: how do we stop use of students to fill rota gaps?

Nursing students’ supernumerary status is being disregarded thanks to staff shortages

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

Should religious emblems worn as jewellery be exempt from nurse uniform policies?

Readers consider whether items such as crosses should be permitted, as are headscarves

What are your hopes for nursing in 2022?

Well-being support, improved pay, or simply a break – what’s on your wish-list?

Why are so many nurses leaving the profession and what can be done to prevent it?

Pay more attention to nurse pay and well-being to ease a ‘Big Quit’ from the NHS

When Datix is deployed as a threat: how can nurses help foster a blame-free culture?

Misuse of patient safety reporting tools should be called out for the bullying it is

What effect would mandatory COVID-19 vaccination have on the nurse workforce?

Staff have a duty of care, but this step could lead to resentment and walk-outs, readers say

COVID-19 vaccine delivery: what should be done to counter abuse of nurses?

Staff can help educate those who are fearful but abuse by patients must not be tolerated

Patient deaths: is there stigma in expressing emotion in the workplace?

Death is upsetting, and sometimes it can be hard to stop feelings from bubbling up

Free parking: should it remain in place for nurses after pandemic restrictions end?

Withdrawal of free permits for council car parks disadvantages community nurses

Flexible working: would better options help nurses recover from the pandemic?

Improving work-life balance could help boost well-being and even retain nurses, readers say

Is a national, standardised nursing uniform a good idea?

The NHS in England is consulting nurses on their views – and what style would work best

What should nurse employers be doing to tackle racist abuse towards staff?

A more proactive, zero tolerance stance against racism is needed, say readers

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