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College warns short staffing is key factor in medication errors
Short staffing makes it more likely that nurses and other staff will make errors with medication, the Royal College of Nursing has warned following a high profile report on the issue. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN consults its members on decriminalising abortion
The Royal College of Nursing is launching a UK-wide survey of its members on the principle of removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Treasury needs convincing of 'meaningful' pay uplift, says RCN
Pay talks have reached a point where the Department of Health and Social Care believes that nurse pay should increase  but the Treasury still needs convincing that any rise in wages should be “meaningful”, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extra regulation of advanced nurses would be ‘unwieldy’
The head of the Royal College of Nursing has questioned whether additional regulation for nurses wanting to work at an advanced level on top of that required to be on the register is necessary, stating that a professional body is better suited to setting voluntary standards for such roles. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh government to invest £100m in ‘new models of care’
A new £100m fund intended to “transform” the way health and social services are delivered by staff in Wales, via “new models of seamless care”, has been welcomed by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Associates must be supported to train as nurses, urges RCN chief
The head of the Royal College of Nursing has called on the profession to support nursing associates to go on to train as registered nurses, even if the government  initiative is dropped in the future. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Left to chance: the health and care nursing workforce supply in England
The number of applications for nursing degree courses has fallen by a third since 2016, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts recommend ringfenced tax to fund NHS and social care
A panel of 10 health experts, including a former Royal College of Nursing leader, have called for a shake-up in the way that the NHS in England is funded in future. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Under-recruitment to nursing courses needs urgent action, warns RCN
Around 60% of learning disability nursing, 40% of adult nursing and 25% of mental health nursing courses recruited fewer students than planned this year, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Chronic shortages taking toll on Northern Irish nurses
Nurses in Northern Ireland are regularly coming on duty to find they are one or two members of staff down with “no hope of filling” gaps in rotas, according to the director of the Royal College of Nursing for the region, who says chronic shortages are taking their toll on staff wellbeing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN canvases views of members on organ donation rules
The Royal College of Nursing has announced it is reviewing its official position on organ donation in response planned changes to the law in parts of the UK that would mark a major change of stance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS winter crisis must spark 'fundamental review', says RCN
A “fundamental review” of the way health and social care is provided in the UK is needed, according to the Royal College of Nursing, in the wake of latest figures on the winter crisis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 4, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN leaders tell activists ‘now is not the time for strike ballot’
Royal College of Nursing leaders have told union activists that they believe they are “making headway” in efforts to boost nurse pay and that “now is not the time” to ballot over strike action. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK ’s largest private hospital firm planning to shrink workforce
The Royal College of Nursing is in talks with the country ’s largest private hospital chain over plans to cut staffing levels amid other workforce changes affecting its sites. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ayrshire and Arran nurse elected as new chair of RCN Scotland
Stewart Donnelly has been elected as the new chair of the Royal College of Nursing ’s Scottish board. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Inflation salary rise or nurse ‘exodus’ will continue, NHS pay review body warned
Nurses must be given a pay rise at least in line with inflation or the “exodus” of staff from the health service will continue, the Royal College of Nursing has warned the body which reviews NHS pay. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Inflation salary rise or nurse ‘exodus’ will continue, NHS pay body warned
Nurses must be given a pay rise at least in line with inflation or the “exodus” of staff from the health service will continue, the Royal College of Nursing has warned the body which reviews NHS pay. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans
Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, and allied health professionals have identified areas of improvement that would give the NHS a more flexible positive workplace culture. Chair of the NHS unions and UNISON head of h...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS public services Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Survey paints picture of ‘demoralised, overworked nursing staff’
The vast majority of nurses feel there are simply not enough staff to meet patients ’ needs, according to a major survey carried out for the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Blue plaque unveiled to honour pioneering nurse leader
A blue plaque was unveiled this week by the mayor of Cheltenham to celebrate the life and work of Dame Sidney Browne, the first president of the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Chair-elect pledges to ensure RCN ‘delivers’ for members
The newly-elected chair of the Royal College of Nursing has pledged to “make sure it delivers what it should do for members”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Union concern at linking pay rise to productivity as Hunt starts talks
The Royal College of Nursing today said it had “concern” over the link between productivity and pay increases in a letter sent by Jeremy Hunt formally beginning pay negotiations for 2018-19. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill
  Commenting on the news that the health secretary has today (Thursday) written to the chair of the NHS pay review body to begin the process around the pay award for health staff in 2018/19, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS unions Sara Gorton said: “It’s good that at long last the wheels have started to move. Exasperated the government seemed to be ignoring NHS pay, health unions took the initiative earlier in the autumn and submitted their own pay claim. Something they’d not needed to do in years. “But today’s letter means that talks can now begin to discuss the much-needed rev...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS nhs pay pay up now PRB Sara Gorton Source Type: news

RCN leaders face criticism over ‘positive’ budget response
Royal College of Nursing campaigners have written an open letter to the union ’s leaders, criticising them for their “underwhelming” response to the chancellor’s comments on nurse pay last week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care at home
There are not enough qualified professionals to do this job, says the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Respiratory nurse educator named ‘nurse of year’ by RCN Wales
A respiratory nurse has been named as “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales for her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay
Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing survey about nursing staff being at breaking point, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These findings echo what staff across the entire NHS have been telling us. NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. “Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long. They work hard to deliver the best care for patients and their families in tough circumstances, and with limited resources. “With inflation and interest rates on the rise, all health e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 15, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ambulance budget chancellor Midwives NHS nhs pay nurses paramedics porters Source Type: news

Nurses stretched to 'breaking point' over pay, finds RCN survey
Many nurses have struggled to pay bills, missed rent or mortgage payments and say they cannot sleep at night due to money worries, reveals a major survey by the Royal College of Nursing, which paints a stark picture of the personal financial pressures weighing on the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for action to help homeless before winter
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has called for urgent action to improve NHS care for the homeless, including more training for nurses, as the college embarks on a landmark partnership with the Big Issue. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Blind spot’ now exists on NHS staff assaults, claims RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has warned of a “dangerous blind spot” that has been created surrounding the scale of assaults on health service staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safe and effective staffing: nursing against the odds
The Royal College of Nursing has launched the results of a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Strike ballot could be called if pay cap remains in place, warns RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has said it will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay rises is not lifted in the November budget. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff shortage ‘biting hard’ with over half of shifts down on nurses
Service providers must “urgently” examine whether they have enough nursing staff to provide safe patient care this winter, the Royal College of Nursing has said in the wake of worrying new survey findings. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages 'mean patients dying alone' in hospitals
Thousands of nurses tell the Royal College of Nursing that care is being compromised. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients are dying ALONE in hospitals, report reveals
A Royal College of Nursing survey of more than 30,000 British nurses found many feel stressed and burnt out, with a quarter saying they care for 14 patients or more at a time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

London STPs ‘chronically’ under-resourced, warns RCN leader
The Royal College of Nursing ’s leader for London has warned that a lack of sufficient funding and staffing is the “elephant in the room” for plans to transform the way care is delivered in the capital. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN concern at plans for mentorship and meds management
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed a number of major changes to nurse education being considered by the UK regulator, but has raised concerns about proposals on training for new mentorship roles and the removal of medicines management standards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

All NHS staff need a pay rise that ’s above inflation, say health unions
NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and the GMB, are asking Philip Hammond to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with inflation (Retail Price Index). The claim also calls for an additional £800 to restore some of the pay lost over the past seven years. Cleaners, nurses, radiographers, pha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health inflation NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

RCN chief calls for above inflation pay rise at rally to end 1% cap
Nurses will press for a pay rise above inflation in forthcoming NHS wage negotiations, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has said, as hundreds gathered at a rally in London on Wednesday to protest against the current 1% limit on nursing wage rises. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for nurses to help educate other staff to spot delirium
A new drive to help nurses spot signs of delirium has been launched today by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses Becoming e-Nurses by Using Patientrack to Enhance Frontline Care
The ambitions of NHS Digital’s e-nursing week and the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) 'Every nurse an e-nurse' campaign are being realised by nurses across the UK, who are seeing the benefits of using digital health on the frontline by using Patientrack, a technology used by nursing staff to capture patient vital signs and alert doctors when urgent attention is needed, (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - August 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Children ‘unsafe in classroom’ due to school nurse cuts
Children with long-term conditions are now “at risk in the classroom” due to the accelerating loss of school nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns too few students having meningitis vaccine
Two thirds of school leavers remain unvaccinated against meningitis, despite the national catch-up programme and a rising number of “W strain” fatalities, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nine out of 10 largest hospital trusts 'short of nurses'
More than nine in 10 of the 50 largest NHS hospital trusts in England are not staffed with nurses to the level planned by their own management, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN pledges to help nurses support domestic abuse victims
The Royal College of Nursing has pledged to do more to support nurses and midwives working with families affected by domestic abuse, as well as helping any of its members suffering abuse at home. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Prison nurses ‘put at risk’ in overcrowded jails, warns RCN
The safety of nurses working in prisons is being put at risk, because they have become “dangerous, overcrowded warehouses”, the Royal College of Nursing has claimed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 2, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

21,000 new mental health posts will treat extra 1 million
The Government has promised the extra posts by 2021 in a £1.3 billion drive but the Royal College of Nursing questioned whether enough people could be trained in such time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More experienced nurses quitting profession, warns RCN
The number of experienced nurses leaving the profession has doubled in the last three years due to the mounting strain on the NHS and its staff, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN leader praises ‘fabulous’ nursing sustainability project
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has described a new toolkit designed to encourage sustainability in nursing as “fabulous resource” for student nurses and their educators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Improving Digital Literacy
This document outlines why digital capabilities are so important in the provision of the best care; why the right digital knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes are important and relevant to each working in health and care; and what those digital capabilities are. It details the work undertaken to date on the digital literacy programme of work and also highlights the Royal College of Nursing's focus on developing digital capabilities in the nursing and midwifery workforce. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news