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

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

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PHE confirms presence of potentially fatal tick-borne disease in the UK

Encephalitis virus can affect the brain and central nervous system

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

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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

Measles: the role of health protection teams and primary care

Why you should read this article • To gain knowledge of the prevalence and epidemiology of...

Death: a social disadvantage? How one hospice is addressing inequality at end of life

This article describes an initiative in a small independent hospice to develop an equalities...

Brief health promotion in urgent care centres: a qualitative study of patients’ and nurse practitioners’ attitudes

Brief health promotion in urgent care centres: a qualitative study of patients’ and...

As the number of people with long-term conditions who die prematurely rises, the need for...

‘Why did I not I say something at the time?’ A reflective account of a public incident

A reflection on an incident observed while commuting relating to the issue of data protection

Family members’ and carers’ perceptions of palliative care provided by district nurses

Family members’ and carers’ perceptions of palliative care provided by district nurses

This literature review identifies the challenges of delivering consistent palliative care

Computer artwork depicts an MRI brain scan revealing the effects of a stroke, showing a blood clot. Upper limb impairment, which occurs in a majority of strokes and requires rehabilitation, is reviewed in three research papers.

Upper limb rehabilitation following a stroke

Rehabilitation for upper limb impairment, which occurs in a majority of strokes, is reviewed


Picture of members of a nurse-led digital health service who use a video link to triage older people in care and nursing homes, avoiding unnecessary admissions to the emergency department.

Nurses use video link to keep older people out of hospital

Link enables nurses to triage people in care and nursing homes, reducing hospital admissions


Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

Medicine prescribed by a primary health care nurse

Preparing guidance for community and primary care non-medical prescribers

How a Wessex healthcare forum got together to provide support for nurse prescribers

E. coli bacteria occur naturally within the human body Picture: iStock

E. coli infection: how every nurse can help prevent it

The Gram-negative bacteria is a growing threat in community and acute settings


Sepsis: what you need to know

Around 44,000 people a year die from the 'silent killer'. What can nurses do?

nurse care for man's leg wound in a practice setting

Wound care: treating the cause rather than simply covering it with a dressing

How to challenge the perceived inevitability associated with chronic wounds


International year of the nurse and midwife offers a chance to showcase our talents

2020 will be a rare opportunity to demonstrate the value of nursing to the wider world


How nurses can support people with ME

Often referred to as the ‘invisible illness’, ME can be a highly debilitating condition


General practice nurses are super nurses, not doctors’ helpers

Frustrated and often undervalued, is it time to reconsider the general practice nurse role?


community nurse with a patient

It’s just not true that your first job must be in an acute hospital – and here’s why

QNI's Crystal Oldman on why the community is the perfect place to start your nursing career

What a placement on a remote island taught me about truly person-centred care

Working in this environment means really getting to know your patients, says Elizabeth Spence

Refugee camp made me thankful for NHS

A nursing student describes volunteering at a refugee camp and reflects on what she learned


Pregnant women at a parent support group

Experiences of pregnant women with fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease

Parent support groups have an important role for women with fetal abnormalities

Samantha Hayman

Why community nursing is not just for older nurses

Newly qualified nurses can gain clinical skills and confidence outside the hospital setting

Illustration showing integrated health and social care systems

Helping nurses to integrate health and social care

Resources include a toolkit to support nurse leaders to make decisions about service redesign