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  • 17 Sep 2021

    Mouth Care Matters in End-of-Life Care

    Publication Code : 009 921

    This publication has been developed for people who work in health and social care to support the delivery of safe and effective mouth care for adults in end-of-life care. Mouth care includes cleaning the lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, gums, teeth and dentures and is a very important part of end-of-life care. This guidance includes the fundamental principles of mouth care, detail on mouth assessment and care planning, and signposts to further information and resources.

  • 17 Sep 2021

    Decriminalisation of Termination of Pregnancy. RCN Membership Response

    Publication Code : 007 005

    In March 2018, the RCN launched a UK-wide survey of members on the principle of removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy (commonly referred to as decriminalisation of abortion). The consultation focused solely on the principle of decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy. This publication outlines RCN members’ response.

  • 17 Sep 2021

    RCN member briefing paper on decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy

    Publication Code : 006 797

    In 2018, the RCN launched a UK-wide survey of its members on the principle of removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy. This is commonly known as decriminalisation of abortion. This briefing paper provided some background to the debate around decriminalisation and was designed to support the completion of a survey that informed our position paper, first published in December 2018 - Decriminalisation of Termination of Pregnancy Position Statement (Dec 2018).  

  • 9 Sep 2021

    UK Career Framework for Pain Nurses

    Publication Code : 009 754

    Pain is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon that does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any stage in their life time. The UK Career Framework for Pain Nurses was produced by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Pain and Palliative Care Forum with nursing representatives from across the United Kingdom. This updated resource now highlights the range of career pathways within pain nursing and minimum recommended education requirements, in addition to knowledge and skills. It provides a guide for pain services and employers to develop local career development frameworks for the nursing workforce. See also

  • 18 Aug 2021

    SenseMaker: the lived experience of nursing in Northern Ireland during a pandemic 2020/2021

    Publication Code : 009 870

    This publication is a summary report of a qualitative survey commissioned by RCN Northern Ireland to identify nurses’ experience of delivering care and treatment across a range of settings during the period April 2020 to March 2021. Not only was 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, but the timeframe also coincided with a major public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This makes the nurses’ experiences even more significant as it provides a unique social history of nursing during a 21st Century global pandemic.

  • 17 Aug 2021

    Just About to Graduate

    Publication Code : 009 800

    This booklet is a helpful guide for nursing students about to graduate and embark on their nursing career. It contains information on getting on the NMC register, preceptorship, revalidation and how the RCN can support members.

  • 27 Jul 2021

    Why you don’t always need gloves when giving vaccines poster

    Publication Code : 009 898

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you from harm. When giving vaccines, you must assess your risk of harm and decide whether gloves are needed once you’ve reduced risks through good hand hygiene. Here’s our advice.

  • 27 Jul 2021

    Catheter Care

    Publication Code : 009 915

    Publication aiming to encourage widespread adoption of the National Occupational Standards across all NHS and independent health care sectors, by enabling a full understanding of the standards and providing quality care for patients. This edition replaces 007 313  This publication is supported by B. Braun, BD Medical, Coloplast and Wellspect.  

  • 21 Jul 2021

    The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in education settings

    Publication Code : 009 629

    This position statement, which updates the RCN position statement published in 2006, and updated in 2012 and 2018, aims to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency hormonal contraception (EC) to students in education settings (schools, colleges, pupil referral units or any educational institution where there are young people). This replaces publication 006 358.  

  • 20 Jul 2021

    Traction Principles and Application

    Publication Code : 009 816

    This updated guidance provides information on applying traction and caring for patients safely whilst traction remains in place. It also reflects the variation in the application of traction across the UK.

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