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Resources: RCN Foundation mental health and wellbeing repository

Nursing Times has collected information on a series of free virtual courses and resources that are relevant to the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign and being offered by a variety of organisations, unions and charities. Among them is the RCN Foundation, which has created a…

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No change in national PPE guidance despite health worker concerns

Guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) is not being changed despite protests from nurses, doctors and their unions. Influential unions have united with campaign groups in a call for stronger rules. But clinical leaders have said latest evidence suggested the current guidance on PPE did not…

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Covid-19: New findings point to widespread trauma among nurses

Almost half of intensive care staff in England reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression or anxiety during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a new study has shown. Researchers found that poor mental health was also more pronounced among nurses than doctors…

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Whistleblower nurse calls for new body to tackle bullying in NHS

A nurse who was threatened by colleagues for speaking out about care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has said bullying remains a “real problem” in the NHS. Helene Donnelly (pictured above) has told MPs that more than 10 years on from the scandal –…

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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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