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  • 16 May 2019

    Activate Vol 13, No 9: May 2019

    In this issue of Activate, we welcome Scotland's new safe staffing law. It's the first legislation of its kind in the UK to apply to both health and social care services. Also in this issue, we've got top tips for influencing your MP and we meet London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton. Dany is transforming the London Fire Brigade's approach to mental health in the workplace and at RCN Congress, she'll be talking about how we can apply what she's learned to nursing.

  • 15 May 2019

    RCN Nursing History Now: Spring 2019

    Read all about the last remaining memorials to Crimean War nurses, recording the voices of nurses past, chamber-pot taxes in the 1700s and a new book about the Royal London Hospital Nurses League. And discover some charismatic characters from the archives of Northampton General Hospital.

  • 1 May 2019

    Bulletin 375: May 2019

    As we get ready to party this Nurses' Day, the UK's chief nursing officers share what they think there is to celebrate about the profession right now. Also in this issue, read all about the pretend pub revolutionising dementia care and emergency nurse Ben's experiences as a volunteer with the mountain rescue team. 

  • 25 Apr 2019

    RCN Students: Spring 2019

    This issue includes running to raise mental health awareness, what to expect from your placement mentor, a look at the students' programme at RCN Congress and one student's experience of their elective in China.

  • 18 Apr 2019

    Activate Vol 13, No 8: April 2019

    In this issue find out more about our safe staffing campaign, how to protect your hands when working and find out how to join the Congress agenda committee.

  • 27 Mar 2019

    RCN Bulletin 374: April 2019

    This month's RCN Bulletin includes articles on surgery school and how it helps speeds recovery, handy tips for glove awareness week, registration barriers for overseas nurses and information on the RCN exhibition on older people's care.  

  • 21 Mar 2019

    Activate Vol 13, No 7: March 2019

    RCN President Anne Marie Rafferty addresses members at the RCN joint reps conference in Leeds focusing on the safe staffing campaign. Also in this issue find out the legal implications of random drug testing at work, advice on maintaining NMC registration that's lapsed.

  • 5 Mar 2019

    RCN Health+Care: Spring 2019

    This issue of RCN Health+Care includes articles on regulation,relationships in care homes and learning disability nursing.

  • 27 Feb 2019

    RCN Bulletin 373: March 2019

    Will you join our fight for safe staffing? In this issue of RCN Bulletin find out what members want to see from our safe staffing campaign in England and why we're calling for a law for safe staffing in all parts of the UK. Also in this issue, read our seven steps to speaking up about poor practice and meet Ellan Corner who explains how she's making adjustments for people with learning disabilities so they get the health care they need.

  • 14 Feb 2019

    Activate Vol 13, No 6: February 2019

    In this issue of Activate, meet your new Chair of RCN Council Sue Warner. You can also hear from our new RCN President Anne Marie Rafferty on why learning will be key to the success of our campaign for staffing for safe and effective care. Plus we reveal the hard-hitting issues set to be debated at RCN Congress in Liverpool this May.