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Unions call NICE guidance on safe staffing a ‘positive step’

Health unions, regulators and other nursing organisations have largely welcomed the publication of safe staffing advice for nursing care on adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

RCN ceases providing indemnity cover for most members

The Royal College of Nursing has this week removed indemnity cover for the majority of its members working in the NHS and private sector.

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RCN leader asked to justify lack of minister at congress

The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has defended his decision not to invite a minister to speak at this year’s congress, after suggestions it may have been a “tactical blunder”.

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District nurses are 'facing extinction', warns RCN

District nurses are “critically endangered” and face extinction by the end of 2025 if urgent investment is not made, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

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RCN leader urges members to 'think carefully' before striking over pay

The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has used a keynote speech to the union’s annual conference to steer members away from strike action over pay.

Nurses' pay floundering in wake of rises for NHS execs, warns RCN

The amount of money the NHS spends on paying its senior managers has accelerated way ahead of that for nursing and midwifery staff, research by the Royal College of Nursing has found. 

RCN leader calls on MPs for support over nurse pay

The Royal College of Nursing has written to MPs across the “political spectrum” asking them to support efforts to contest the government’s decision to hold back a basic pay rise for many nurses.

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Duty of candour should also cover 'moderate' harm, says review

The “old days” where clinical errors were not disclosed must give way to an environment that allows staff to be trained and supported in “admitting, reporting and learning fully from mistakes”, according to an independent review for the government.

Mental health nurses to be based in police stations

The government has announced extra funding for mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts across the country.

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RCN Congress 2014: full analysis

All the activity and announcements from the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference

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Chief exec raises fresh concerns over nurse numeracy skills

Qualified nurses are being turned away from jobs in the NHS because of poor numeracy skills it has been claimed.

Health service suffering drain in senior nurses, warns RCN

The health service has nearly 4,000 fewer senior nurses than it did just four years ago, according to a report by the Royal College of Nursing.

District nurse shortage 'damaging reputation of nursing'

A decline in district nursing means vulnerable patients are being treated at home by inexperienced staff who have had just an hour of training, a conference heard on Friday.

RCN to draw up guidance on complaints handling for nurses

The Royal College of Nursing has pledged to produce guidance for nurses on dealing with complaints from patients, as part of its response to a major review.

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