RCN chief: New role risks devaluing nursing
Viewing nursing as a task based role will put patient safety at risk, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 8, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rise in childhood obesity is ‘no surprise’, says RCN
The latest rise in the prevalence of obesity among primary school children is “no surprise”, because “vital” public health nursing roles are under threat, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 4, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Voting underway in election for next RCN president
Voting has opened for the next president of the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 7, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN issues safety guidance for lone working nurses
Nurses who work alone should use safety alarms and other technology and get training in personal safety and risk assessment, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 6, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hunt must also focus on nurse retention, says RCN
The health secretary must focus on retention as well as their recruitment, the Royal College of Nursing said in response to Jeremy Hunt ’s announcement on training more home-grown staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 5, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN offers new funding and mentorship scheme
The Royal College of Nursing is encouraging nurses, students and healthcare assistants to submit ideas to improve practice, with the best receiving mentorship to help implement their innovation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 4, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS needs £280m or the government will be breaking minimum wage laws
29 September 2016 Embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 30 September 2016 The government will need to inject £280m into the NHS by the end of the decade, or ministers will find themselves in breach of their own minimum wage laws, warn unions representing health service employees in the UK today (Friday). In their annual submission to the NHS pay review body, the unions say that because the pay of health workers has failed to keep pace with inflation, within five years the lowest paid employees will be earning less than the minimum wage. The national living wage – essentially the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25 &...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 30, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health health care health pay pay review body Source Type: news

RCN to pilot accreditation standards for ANPs
Advanced nurse practitioners in the UK will for the first time be able to receive accreditation for their role, under a new scheme being developed by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 26, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Workforce failings' behind lack of child palliative care nurses
Failures in workforce planning and lack of investment in training are behind “devastating” shortages of nurses to care for terminally ill children, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 20, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Motor neurone disease online resource
The Royal College of Nursing in conjunction with the Motor Neurone Disease Association has launched a new online resource to improve knowledge and provide support for nurses treating people living with Motor Neurone disease. The resource covers both clinical understanding of the condition and best practice in dealing with difficult ethical issues (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School nurse cuts place ‘vulnerable children at risk’
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that falling numbers of school nurses may be putting vulnerable children at risk from sexual assault, ahead of a key meeting of the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 25, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The medicine needed for the emergency care service
A report from the Royal College of Nursing considers the pressures on emergency medical services in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The medicine needed for the emergency care service
This report is a result of a summit which set out to develop key recommendations for meeting increased demand for emergency medicine. The three emerging recommendations cover education and training, the A&E hub, and a new culture of collaboration between healthcare professionals (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interview: Peter Carter, former RCN chief executive
The recent Brexit vote has come as a shock to many, including former Royal College of Nursing chief Peter Carter. Nursing in Practice catches up with him to ask how the UK ’s health system now finds itself in a “hell of a mess”Hide related content:  Show related contentFeatured In Issue: Nursing in Practice | 91read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - August 11, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Professional Source Type: news

Legacy of past nurses preserved in digital record
The Royal College of Nursing ’s records of more than 1.5 million nurses have been digitised for the first time by a specialist family history website. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Risk of unsafe discharge 'increased by teams in panic to find beds'
Dedicated discharge teams who “sweep around the wards looking for beds” increase the risk of unsafe discharge, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has told a committee of MPs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 15, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns of staffing challenge at Middlesex A&E
The Royal College of Nursing has called for a long-term solution to staffing issues that are damaging performance at a London accident and emergency department, following a report from regulators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 6, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Updated CPR advice
The BMA, the Royal College of Nursing and the Resuscitation Council (UK) have produced updated joint guidance on the ethical principles that should inform how decisions about CPR are made and communicated. This latest 2016 revision of guidance is in response to public and professional debate about CPR decisions, and to recent statutory changes and legal judgments. The key ethical and legal principles that should inform all CPR decisions remain, but even greater emphasis has been placed on ensuring high-quality timely communication, decision-making and recording in relation to decisions about CPR. (Source: Current Awareness...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurses call for rent controls to improve public health
Nurses at Royal College of Nursing have called for a campaign to call for rent controls in order to improve housing and therefore health. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Congress rejects call for revalidation training budgets
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have rejected a call to provide nurses with individual training budgets in order to help them prepare for revalidation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN award for Welsh safe staffing policy champion
Welsh Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams has been awarded a Royal College of Nursing Honorary Fellowship for her work on safe staffing policy at a ceremony in Glasgow. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Public health cuts 'playing around with people's lives', says RCN chief
Government plans to scrap bursaries in England, public health cuts, caps on pay for agency staff and the removal of the Department of Health’s nursing policy unit all came under fire from the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing at the union’s annual congress. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 20, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses debate EU referendum impact on staffing and NHS
Staffing levels, workers’ rights, pressure on UK health services and money for the NHS were discussed by nurses at this year’s Royal College of Nursing congress ahead of the forthcoming European Union referendum. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for better child mental health support
Royal College of Nursing members have voted to lobby the UK governments to invest in services to promote the emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children and young people. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN chief in wide-ranging attack on government policy
Government plans to scrap bursaries in England, public health cuts, caps on pay for agency staff, and the removal of the Department of Health’s nursing policy unit all came under fire from the leader of the Royal College of Nursing at the union’s annual congress. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for urgent investment in school nurses
A survey by the Royal College of Nursing has revealed significant pressure on the current school nurse workforce. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS facing ‘twin pressures’ of demand and deficit
Just one in 10 nurses believe the NHS is currently able to meet demand, reveals a new survey by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 18, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for Scottish NHS to drop waiting targets
Current Scottish NHS targets “measure the wrong things” and “waste precious resources”, according to the Royal College of Nursing, which today set out new principles for assessing results. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 8, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UNISON members urge MPs to save the NHS bursary
Student nurses descended on Parliament today to tell MPs not to scrap the NHS bursary. Around 80 student nurses, midwives, health care assistants and others attended the mass lobby organised by UNISON and other organisations. The government plans to scrap the NHS bursary, which was originally set up to acknowledge the fact that nurses work for the NHS – for free – for half the time they’re studying. Today UNISON members told their MPs that it’s wrong to saddle nurses with what would amount to indvidual debt of £51,600. The NHS bursary is a lifeline for nursing, midwifery and other health stude...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: ellisro Tags: News NHS bursary NHS staff save the NHS bursary Source Type: news

Plans to scrap student bursaries may cost the NHS more not less, says new report
Government plans to scrap the bursary funding for students on nursing, midwifery and other health degrees will mean around 2,000 fewer people a year will study for a career in the NHS, according to a new independent economic analysis released today (Wednesday) by UNISON and NUS. This plummet in the number of NHS students will mean even fewer qualified new recruits for the NHS from 2020, causing trusts to spend more on agency staff or overseas recruitment to make up the inevitable shortfall in numbers, says the report. The publication of the study – commissioned by UNISON and NUS from London Economics – coincide...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bu NHS NHS bursary nursing Source Type: news

RCN says it will remain neutral over EU referendum
The Royal College of Nursing has said it will not be taking a formal position on whether members should vote to stay in or leave the European Union in the referendum next month. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The government needs to re-think plans to scrap bursaries, says RCN
The Royal College of Nursing says the government has not thought hard enough about “the risks” of its plans to change student nurse funding Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

RCN leader calls for ‘rethink on plans to end bursary’
Ministers have “not thought hard enough” about the potential risks of their proposals on reforming student nurse funding by replacing bursaries with loans, the Royal College of Nursing has claimed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Updated RCN guidance on female genital mutilation
The Royal College of Nursing has called on employers to ensure clinical staff have comprehensive training and support to help tackle female genital mutilation in updated guidance on the issue. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

“Strong support and thorough training” is needed to help nurses tackle FGM
The Royal College of Nursing has called for employers to give healthcare workers guidance and support to help tackle female genital mutilation Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 22, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Women ' s health Professional Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Nursing has ‘let itself down’ on useful research
The nursing profession has failed to identify priorities for research that make a difference to practice, while existing evidence is not easily accessible, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 22, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Updated: Primary care plan is 'step in right direction'
Nursing organisations have largely welcomed NHS England’s proposals on the future of primary care, with the Royal College of Nursing describing them as an “acknowledgment” of the importance of practice nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Primary care plan is 'step in right direction'
Nursing organisations have largely welcomed NHS England’s proposals on the future of primary care, with the Royal College of Nursing describing them as an “acknowledgment” of the importance of practice nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Primary care plan is 'step in right direction', says RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has described NHS England’s proposals on the future of primary care as a “welcomed acknowledgment” of the importance of practice nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN reveals shortlist for ‘care on camera’ competition
The Royal College of Nursing has announced the shortlist for its Care on Camera photography competition, which forms part of its centenary celebrations. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Blog: RCN president Cecilia Anim looks back on 100 years of nursing
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is now 100 years old and it’s quite mind-boggling how much has changed since 1916 – especially when it comes to women Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 13, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Source Type: news

Investment in Welsh primary care welcomed by RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed a £43m investment over the next year into improving access to primary care in Wales and moving services into community settings. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 7, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff increases 'insignificant', warns BMA
Modest increases in NHS staffing levels are ‘insignificant’ and go no way towards addressing the vast challenges facing the health service, according to the BMA. The warning comes after a report published by the HSCIC (Health and Social Care Information Centre) showed a 1.8 per cent rise in overall numbers of FTE (full-time-equivalent) staff working in the NHS in the period ending 30 September 2015, compared to the same period the previous year. BMA council chair Mark Porter (pictured) said that the increase, which translates to an additional 18,300 across the whole health service, would not begin to address th...
Source: BMA News - March 31, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS and RCN publish joint report
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of Nursing have jointly published a report on“Nurses, pharmacists and patient pathways; working together across primary and community care (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 30, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and RCN publish joint report
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of Nursing have jointly published a report on “Nurses, pharmacists and patient pathways; working together across primary and community care”.  We know that nurses and pharmacists have complementary skills and are able to work (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 30, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Royal College of Nursing celebrates 100th birthday
The Royal College of Nursing celebrated its 100th anniversary on Easter Sunday. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns of danger of new role substituting nurses
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that the proposed new nursing associate role must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 21, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN reaffirms danger of new role substituting nurses
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that the proposed new nursing associate role must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 18, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

E-cigarette ban failure 'bitterly disappointing'
  A ban on e-cigarettes in public places in Wales has failed to be passed, in a move branded 'bitterly disappointing' by doctors leaders. Welsh Assembly members have failed to enact the Public Health (Wales) Bill, a major piece of legislation that would have seen e-cigarettes banned from schools, public transport and from places where food is sold, as well as a raft of other measures. The bill had been expected to pass with the support of some Plaid AMs, but the party decided to vote against it at the last minute. It was the final day for the bill to be considered by the Assembly before the election. BMA Cymru Wales...
Source: BMA News - March 17, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news