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We have asked employers around the UK to make a pledge to support the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign. Health and social care staffing agency Local Care Force has made that pledge: Local Care Force supports the principles of the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You…

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Second wave brings new reports of ‘awful’ abuse against nurses

Fresh reports of nurses coming under attack by the public are emerging, as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. The Royal College of Nursing warned that abuse of nurses was becoming a worrying “theme” of 2020 and added that it was “totally…

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Warning over practice nurse workload as Covid-19 vaccine draws closer

Workload considerations will be crucial for general practice nurses facing the prospect of a major Covid-19 vaccination campaign on top of expanded influenza immunisation this winter, nursing leaders have warned. The government has indicated that the first Covid-19 vaccines could be being delivered in the…

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Unions urge PM to push through nurse pay rise before Christmas

Prime minister Boris Johnson is facing calls to grant NHS nurses and their colleagues a pay rise before Christmas, as part of an ongoing campaign by 14 health unions. Those fighting for the move say it will help staff “feel valued” amid a second wave…

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RCN members to vote on two resolutions at extraordinary general meeting

The Royal College of Nursing has released the agenda for its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) due at the end of the month, which includes two resolutions for members to vote on. The online event is being held at the request of more than 1,000 members…

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Exclusive: Nursing groups urge NMC not to scrap district nurse title

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is being challenged over its plans to overhaul community nursing qualifications by leading organisations including the Royal College of Nursing and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Nursing Times has learnt. They are among the nursing groups and networks that have raised…

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Tributes for ‘one in a million’ nurse who died with Covid-19

Tributes have poured in for a “dedicated and caring” mental health nurse in the North West who was “adored” by his patients, colleagues and friends. Paul Gaythwaite, a senior nurse practitioner who supported older people with mental health conditions in St Helens, died on Sunday…

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New care home visiting guidance ‘lacks humanity’

The nursing leader behind a campaign for a compassionate approach to care homes visiting during the coronavirus pandemic has said new guidance issued by the government does not go far enough. The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that visiting to care homes…

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Job advert reignites nursing associate substitution concerns

An advert suggesting a staff nurse vacancy was open to nursing associate applicants has reignited concerns about the substitution of registered nurses for other professional groups. The advert for a band 5 staff nurse for the Wolverton sexual health centre at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation…

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Roving nurse set to boost suicide prevention efforts on railways

A roving mental health nurse has been appointed to support people in crisis across the railway network as part of a pioneering new role focused on reducing suicides. Rachel Luby will work jointly for East London NHS Foundation Trust and Network Rail and will offer…

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