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7 blog posts
  • Emma Edwards Emma Edwards 29 Apr 2024

    Parkinson's specialist nurses - still crucial?

    The first Parkinson's specialist nurse (PSN) post was created in Cornwall in 1987, and 37 years later, there are around 515 PSN's in the UK. This blog takes a look at Parkinson's awareness month, and why, if you see a PSN post advertised, and you fit the criteria, you should totally apply.  

  • Esther Kuria Esther Kuria 29 Feb 2024

    Listening event on the Hughes report publication

    The Hughes report follows a review by Baroness Cumberlege (‘First do no harm’ 2020), commissioned by Mr Jeremy Hunt when he was Health Minister, that separately reviewed outcomes of three historical health interventions - pelvic mesh, sodium valproate & Primodos. One of the outcomes from the Cumberlege report was to appoint a Patient Safety Commissioner who would take forward the recommendations from the Cumberlege review.

  • Anonymous Anonymous 28 Feb 2024


    This blog has been submitted by a member who wishes to remain anonymous, for reasons that will become clear as you read it. Bullying is a common phenomenon for nurses, with around a quarter of the nursing family experiencing bullying in the past year. This blog highlights my personal experience of “gaslighting” - a specific type of bullying, and how I am gradually recovering from this.

  • Stephen Jones Stephen Jones 2 Oct 2023

    Potentially unlawful substitution of mental health and learning disabilities nurses in UK in-patient services –the realities on the ground

    The RCN has received reports from several members expressing concerns regarding the substitution of registered learning disabilities and mental health nurses with registered adult and children's nurses, as well as allied health professionals, in an attempt to fill nursing vacancies in in-patient mental health services.

  • Olajumoke Isaiah Olajumoke Isaiah 28 Sep 2023

    Awareness of mental well-being for nurses working in palliative care

    This blog raises awareness of the importance of promoting mental well-being, which is essential given the increase in work pressures in healthcare systems, high levels of nursing shortage and the impact on patient care and outcomes.

  • Martin Galligan Martin Galligan 4 Sep 2023

    Pain Awareness Month 2023

    September is global Pain Awareness Month and is an excellent opportunity to access a range of free resources related to all aspects of pain assessment and management. 

  • Rachel Hollis and Denise Kelly Rachel Hollis and Denise Kelly 25 Oct 2022

    Chair of PNC Rachel Hollis and Chair of TUC Denise Kelly set out their joint commitment to shaping the future of the RCN

    Chair of the RCN's PNC Rachel Hollis, and TUC Chair Denise Kelly, share their commitment to helping drive forward the recommendations set out in the independent review of RCN.