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blog posts 29 blog posts
  • world aids day Jason Warriner Jason Warriner 4 Apr 2019

    Thirty years and still counting

    Last year, 1 December marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. The advances in the treatment and care of people living with HIV has changed significantly over the years alongside improved access to sexual health services but recent funding cuts and changes to services are having a negative impact on service provision.

  • Sandra Grieve Sandra Grieve 2 Apr 2019

    The importance of travel health

    Travel medicine is a fast-moving area of practice with services predominantly nurse-led and covering various areas of practice, from primary care to occupational health.

  • Anna Crossley Anna Crossley 25 Feb 2019

    Celebrating Nursing Practice

    Without nurses, midwives and health care assistants, would healthcare survive? Given the terrifying future projection of 410,000 nurse vacancies in the UK without urgent investment, we may be seen as simply ‘numbers’ like rows of identical paper chain doll workers.

  • Nurse with head in her hands Helen Donovan Helen Donovan 22 Jan 2019

    Work and mental health

    Poor mental health can affect any of us, regardless of age, race, occupation or religion.

  • people exercising Jan Sinclair Jan Sinclair 10 Jan 2019

    Let's get physical

    Many nurses would argue that they don’t have time or even energy to discuss physical activity with their patients.

  • sneezing Lesley Pallett Lesley Pallett 19 Dec 2018

    There's still time to get the flu vaccine

    Lesley Pallett, Vice Chair of the RCN Safety Representatives Committee, explains why it’s important to have the flu vaccination, if you haven’t already.

  • Flu vaccination Michelle Johnson Michelle Johnson 19 Nov 2018

    A tried and tested approach to encouraging staff uptake of the flu vaccine

    Michelle Johnson, Chief Nurse at Whittington Health NHS Trust, explains how they encourage staff to have the flu vaccine.

  • Helen Donovan flu jab Helen Donovan Helen Donovan 1 Oct 2018

    Help us beat the flu

    Helen Donovan, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health urges all members to protect themselves and their patients this winter. 

  • Pathway charity nurses Samantha Dorney-Smith Samantha Dorney-Smith 29 Aug 2018

    Are you interested in homeless hospital discharge?

    The annual cost of unscheduled care for homeless patients is eight times that of the housed population, and homeless patients are over-represented among frequent attenders in A&E. 

  • Crowd at music festival Helen Donovan Helen Donovan 18 Jul 2018

    Are your measles vaccinations up to date?

    Ahead of European festival season, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health Helen Donovan urges young adults to make sure they have the MMR vaccine.