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  • 22 Jan 2020

    RCN Nursing Education in Termination of Pregnancy Services

    Publication Code : 007 959

    This report outlines the results from an online survey conducted by the RCN, across the Termination of Pregnancy services in England, Wales and Scotland, to assess the current and future education requirements of nurses, midwives and non-registered health care support workers. It provides an outline career pathway and recommendations for the future education and training needs of those providing nursing care in this health care sector.  

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Maternity workforce survey report

    Publication Code : 007760

    This publication contains the full results of the scoping exercise exploring the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity services in the UK. Please read in conjunction with the published report Nurses in maternity care: RCN report

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Nurses in maternity care: Literature review

    Publication Code : 007761

    This is a literature review for the RCN’s Midwifery Forum project on the training and continuing professional development needs of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity care. 

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Nurses in maternity care: RCN report

    Publication Code : 007640

    This report has been produced from the analysis of a workforce survey designed to explore the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development (CPD) of registered nurses and unregistered support staff working in maternity services across the UK. The report was informed by two documents, also now available online.

  • 10 Jul 2019

    Conscientious objection guidance

    Publication Code : 007 690

    In 2013 RCN published its Position Statement on Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion) (RCN 2013), and a part of that publication was providing guidance for nurses and midwives who wish to exercise the legal right to conscientious objection. This new guidance has reviewed our advice and updated the document for ease of use by nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the issue of conscientious objection.

  • 7 Mar 2019

    Womens Health Cards part 3

    Publication Code : 007 293

    Part three of these handy pocket guides covers multiple women's health topics including fertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), pelvic organ prolapse and Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD). Supported by Association of Early Pregnancy Units, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, Verity The Polycystic Ovaries Self Help Group and The Vulval Pain Society.

  • 9 Nov 2017

    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Early Pregnancy Care

    Publication Code : 006394

    The role of the clinical nurse specialist in early pregnancy care is intended to enhance the care for women who may be concerned about a complication in early pregnancy. This document outlines the key skills and knowledge required to develop the role of this specialist nurse/midwife and should provide clear direction for commissioners and managers when creating roles to support best practice in local service provision for women and their families.

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Fair care for trans people

    Publication Code : 005575

    The RCN recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. This resource is designed to help you respond to the needs of patients and clients who identify as transgender. Initially created in response to an RCN Congress resolution, this guidance has been updated following further research from other organisations.

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Career, education and competence framework for neonatal nursing in the UK

    Publication Code : 004641 ISBN : 9781910672105

    Publication informed by numerous influential drivers, from a variety of sources, and will be updated regularly. Neonatal care has come a long way in a short time. Outcomes that could only have been dreamed of 10 to 15 years ago are, in many cases, now possible for infants of extremely low birth weight. The ethos of neonatal care emphasises close collaboration with families in all neonatal health care settings.

External resources

  • The Miscarriage Association has launched a set of resources for health professionals caring for women and couples with pregnancy loss

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