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Publications

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Indemnity: we've got you covered (PDF 146.2 KB)

Front cover of publication: Indemnity: we've got you covered

Publication code: 004 941

Publication date: 30 June 2015

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As an RCN member, you are entitled to support in the workplace and throughout your professional career. Whatever your problem or question, we’ve got you covered. This leaflet outlines the support you are entitled to as an RCN member.

Safeguarding adults - everyone's responsibility (PDF 327.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Safeguarding adults - everyone's responsibility

Publication code: 004 837

Publication date: 23 June 2015

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Nurses and health care assistants have an essential role in safeguarding those in their care. Safeguarding activity aims to ensure the best possible outcome for patients and residents and interventions can be required in varied situations; ranging from help and support to immediate action by the police or statutory agencies. This guidance sets out the RCN's position on the role of a member reporting suspected abuse or harm to adults in the UK. It outlines the key interventions that should be followed and provides signposts to resources that will help you understand the issues and required actions.

Getting it right every time. Fundamentals of nursing care at the end of life (PDF 434.0 KB)

Front cover of publication: Getting it right every time. Fundamentals of nursing care at the end of life

Publication code: 004 871

Publication date: 22 June 2015

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These resources have been developed to assist nurses and health care assistants across all health care settings caring for people in the last year of their life. The resources include information on nutrition and hydration, cultural and spiritual needs, the seven Ps, and detail on national guidance for end of life care. The pocket guide and card have been designed to be handy, quick reference guides, with the card detailing the fundamentals of nursing care at this stage of a patient's life.

Internationally recruited nurses 215 (PDF 431.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Internationally recruited nurses 215

Publication code: 004 827

Publication date: 22 June 2015

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This guidance is aimed at nursing staff and health care assistants who want to work in the UK, as well as their potential employers. It provides an overview of the key considerations and principles for ensuring the ethical recruitment and employment of members of the nursing community from outside the UK. It also offers signposting to areas of further information and advice.

RCN Position statement on international recruitment (PDF 345.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: RCN Position statement on international recruitment

Publication code: 004 939

Publication date: 22 June 2015

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Nursing is a global profession and since its founding in 1948 the NHS has benefited enormously from foreign trained health professionals. Nurse migration can be beneficial with nurses from outside the UK broadening their professional and social experience, enriching professional nursing practice and bringing great scope to enhance the quality of patient care. Similarly, there is a steady flow of UK nurses travelling overseas to work and expand their experience. This publication states the RCN's position on EU and international nurse recruitment and mobility.

EasyRead Patient controlled analgesia (PDF 2.3 MB)

Front cover of publication: EasyRead Patient controlled analgesia

Publication code: 004 917

Publication date: 21 June 2015

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One of three accessible patient information leaflets on pain using an EasyRead format. These leaflets are the first to cover pain and its assessment and management after surgery, epidurals and patient controlled analgesia (PCA). Each leaflet highlights the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

EasyRead Help with your pain (PDF 1.9 MB)

Front cover of publication: EasyRead Help with your pain

Publication code: 004 915

Publication date: 21 June 2015

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One of three accessible patient information leaflets on pain using an EasyRead format. These leaflets are the first to cover pain and its assessment and management after surgery, epidurals and patient controlled analgesia (PCA). Each leaflet highlights the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

Iron deficiency anaemia in adults (PDF 394.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Iron deficiency anaemia in adults

Publication code: 004842

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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An estimated two billion people worldwide are affected by iron deficiency anaemia (IDA). Nursing staff in all clinical settings will encounter IDA but effective identification and management is often overlooked. This RCN guidance has been developed by expert nurses from several relevant specialties and provides clear information on identifying IDA and escalating effective management, makes it easier to understand when, why and how it occurs, offers information on good dietary advice and the use of oral supplements. It also covers the use of intravenous iron and provides practical tips for its delivery. There is also specialist advice for nursing staff working in the following therapeutic areas: chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heavy menstrual bleeding, pregnancy and postpartum, and patient blood management.

Fair pay in the independent sector (PDF 272.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Fair pay in the independent sector

Publication code: 004 836

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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The RCN believes all nurses and health care assistants should receive fair pay, good terms and conditions, career development in a safe working environment, wherever they work. This document provides advice for those nurses and health care assistants working within the independent sector and contains guidance on how to raise working arrangements and pay matters with employers.

Claiming payment for excess hours worked (PDF 72.2 KB)

Front cover of publication: Claiming payment for excess hours worked

Publication code: 004 951

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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This new RCN publication outlines the steps to be taken in order to claim payment for excess hours worked above contracted hours. It provides guidance on the legal position, how to claim, plus has an excess hours record template as well as a letter template you can use to send to your manager.

Seven day care in England (PDF 466.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Seven day care in England

Publication code: 004 959

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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Written to update 2015 Congress delegates, this publication looks at the most recent developments on seven day care, including the UK government’s decision to extend seven day services in England. The document outlines the RCN’s position, describes the financial challenges for the NHS in England and addresses a range of nursing solutions that could support seven day care if enough resources are invested.

NMC revalidation: what's happening? An update from the RCN on NMC revalidation (PDF 114.0 KB)

Front cover of publication: NMC revalidation: what's happening? An update from the RCN on NMC revalidation

Publication code: 004 943

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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The NMC are in the process of piloting a proposed revalidation model that all nurses and midwives will need to engage with in order to demonstrate that they are practising safely and effectively throughout their careers. Revalidation builds on the current Prep standards and will also take place every three years. This RCN guidance outlines the proposed key changes and evidence required, how to prepare for revalidation, plus what support the RCN can offer to you. The document also contains a number of frequently asked questions, for example, ‘What are the implications for registrants who are not practising?’

This is nursing south west (PDF 1.6 MB)

Front cover of publication: This is nursing south west

Publication code: 004 873

Publication date: 19 June 2015

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Nurses and health care support workers care for people every day with skill, compassion and dedication. The care they give makes a huge difference to people’s lives, often at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. This publication is a showcase of just a few examples of the inspirational work undertaken by nurses and health care support workers across the South West region. Resilient, caring and committed, nursing staff deserve to be recognised for the enormous contribution they make to high quality care.

Adult congenital heart disease (PDF 579.3 KB)

Front cover of publication: Adult congenital heart disease

Publication code: 004522

Publication date: 5 June 2015

ISBN: 978-1-910066-89-8

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Setting out minimum standards for adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) nursing this publication includes recommendations for education and training underpinned by competency frameworks and career pathways. Additionally, it sets out a vision for adult congenital heart disease nursing that recognises the unique and complex nature of this specialty, and the need to ensure that patients and their carers receive expert care at all times throughout their lifelong follow-up. The role descriptions and competence framework contained in this publication were developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (BACCNA) to ensure that patients always receive a high quality of nursing care, management and education.

Small changes big differences (PDF 2.8 MB)

Front cover of publication: Small changes big differences

Publication code: 004847

Publication date: 5 June 2015

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Nursing staff can and should be involved in the procurement of the products that they use on a daily basis. This resource aims to get nurses, midwives and health care assistants involved right from the start and demonstrates how important their opinions are in this issue.

Annual Report 2014 (PDF 1.6 MB)

Front cover of publication: Annual Report 2014

Publication code: 004 906

Publication date: 19 May 2015

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This annual report highlights key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2013-14. The report reviews the year's events. It includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

Council report to members 2014 (PDF 1.7 MB)

Front cover of publication: Council report to members 2014

Publication code: 004909

Publication date: 22 May 2015

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Council’s annual Report to Members is one of the most important docu¬ments of the year. It details the huge amount of work undertaken on members’ behalf in response to the resolutions and matters for discussion put forward and debated last year at Congress 2014.

First Steps impact evaluation report executive summary (PDF 419.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: First Steps impact evaluation report executive summary

Publication code: 004897

Publication date: 17 April 2015

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First Steps impact evaluation report executive summary.

Apprentices, trainees and nursing students (PDF 4.7 MB)

Front cover of publication: Apprentices, trainees and nursing students

Publication code: 004839

Publication date: 1 April 2015

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On a busy ward, surgery or community-based workplace you might see several young new starters working in a health care support worker role. As well as nursing students, who go to university to do a nursing degree and also undertake a work placement, you may work with trainees, apprentices and cadets and feel a little confused about their roles and responsibilities, and what support they need. This publication has been designed to give RCN learning representatives an overview of the new young learner roles and give guidance on what good practice looks like in relation to supporting young learners. It also highlights how you and your fellow union representatives can work in partnership with employers to ensure that every young person who joins your organisation has a great start to their nursing career.

Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis (PDF 898.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis

Publication code: 004744

Publication date: 25 February 2015

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The third edition of the RCN’s guidance on assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis which provides a best practice framework for rheumatology specialist practitioners and the wider health care team involved in supporting the administration, monitoring and delivery of care to patients in a variety of settings.

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