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Action needed ‘now’ to protect nurses as Covid-19 infections soar

Nursing leaders have called for action to ensure resources are in place for nurses to tackle a second wave of Covid-19 amid a rapid rise in cases nationally. The resurgence in cases has led to the UK’s four chief medical officers recommending this afternoon that…

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Free webinar on respiratory rate assessment and monitoring, 30 September 2020, 12 noon

Free webinar: 30 September 2020, 12 noon Assessing respiratory rate (RR) is an important patient observation but is often overlooked or performed inaccurately. Accurate RR assessment is particularly crucial during the coronavirus pandemic as the respiratory system is most commonly affected and many patients requiring…

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‘We believe it’s only right any pay increase is shared fairly’

When 2020 began, none of us could have imagined how the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife would pan out. Within weeks, the skills, knowledge and expertise of those professions were dramatically called upon because of Covid-19. As the virus spread around the UK…

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England launches trial of A&E appointment system

A new appointment booking system for urgent care is being trialled in England as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Under the pilot, people with a non-life-threatening problem will be asked to phone the NHS 111 service to be triaged before attending…

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RCN row continues as petitioners complain of being shut out

The Royal College of Nursing presidential election row is continuing to rumble on despite promises of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM). The college’s governing council announced yesterday that it would be calling an EGM in the near future to give members an opportunity to air…

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Emergency meeting of RCN will ‘give members space to air concerns’

An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Royal College of Nursing will be convened “soon”, the chair of the college’s ruling council has announced. Dave Dawes (pictured above) said the EGM would provide members with a space to air their concerns following a stormy few…

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Covid-19 test results for care home nurses ‘consistently delayed and lost’

Care home nurses continue to struggle with access to coronavirus tests, with some reporting that results are “consistently delayed, inconclusive or even get lost”, according to a nursing union. The Royal College of Nursing has warned that, without proper testing and processes in place, the…

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Nurses to raise funds for mental health unit with 100 mile walk

A pair of nurses have put on their walking boots and set off on what they have coined a ‘walk to recovery’, in a bid to raise money to improve patient activities at a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Sunderland. Tom Gardner and Ryan…

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HEE to fund ‘top-up’ apprenticeships for nursing associates

A new funding offer will support more than 400 nursing associates and assistant practitioners to undertake a two-year ‘top-up’ apprenticeship to become registered nurses. Health Education England has this week announced it will fund 420 new apprentices, starting from September. “This much needed funding will…

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‘Using the pandemic to promote a culture of research engagement in nursing’

As routine clinical practice resumes, teams across the NHS are preparing to adapt to the new normal after a global pandemic. With research units working hard to assess the impact of Covid-19, they continue to adapt and develop new ways of producing high-quality evidence. Over…

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