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Learning resources launched for nurses new to critical care

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a package of free learning resources to support nursing staff who are new to critical care. It comes at a time when staff from other areas are being redeployed to support colleagues in critical care amid the latest…

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Covid-19: Moderna vaccine approved for UK use

A third Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, it has been announced. The Moderna vaccine, which has been found to be 94% effective in preventing disease, has today been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). “This is…

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Covid-19: RCN London welcomes move to place city in emergency status

Nurses in London are said to be “beyond breaking point” as the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the city leads to the declaration of a major incident. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made the decision today to place the capital in an emergency status due…

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Nurses urged to ‘speak up’ if feeling unsafe in wake of Covid-19 spike

The UK’s most senior nurses and the nursing regulator are encouraging the profession to “speak up” if they feel unsafe at work amid the latest surge of Covid-19. The four chief nursing officers and the Nursing and Midwifery Council has today issued an open letter…

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Clap for Heroes: Nurses say they do not want return of applause

The weekly round of applause for key workers is set to officially return tonight under the new name Clap for Heroes – however, nurses say they do not want the claps and are not heroes. While recognising the good intentions behind the initiative, nurses told…

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▶ Covid-19: Nursing Times Memorial Video

This video was made to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and to remember the huge efforts by nursing staff everywhere in tackling Covid-19 during 2020, and to act as a memorial to those nurses who died. It was played at the…

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Covid surge prompts NMC to fast-track more overseas nurses onto temp register

More overseas-trained nurses are being invited to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s emergency register, as part of “immediate action” to help the workforce deal with the latest Covid-19 surge. A joint statement announcing the expansion of the temporary register was published today by the…

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‘Out of the blue’ pay rise offered to nurses on Guernsey

Nurses on the island of Guernsey, who had been threatening to strike over pay before the coronavirus pandemic hit, have been offered a 5% wage increase for 2021. However, the Royal College of Nursing said the news had “come out of the blue” and that…

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NMC post-registration review moves forward but concerns remain

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is moving forward with plans to launch a public consultation next year as part of an ongoing review of post-registration qualifications, which has already proved controversial. The regulator’s post-registration standards steering group has recommended that the proposal to launch a…

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‘We were full of uncertainty about what it would entail and could we do it’

I have never been more proud to be part of the Nightingale Macmillan team at the Royal Derby Hospital as I have during Covid 19. On April 3rd, the Nightingale Macmillan Unit (NMU), in support of the trust and their management of the pandemic, became…

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