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RCN publications cover a wide range of topics varying from clinical guidance to employment relations issues to advice on bullying. To reproduce RCN publications please complete the copyright request form and we’ll be in touch.

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  • 25 Apr 2017

    Nursing through time

    Nursing through time is a series of 12 cards which chart developments in nursing from the last 150 years, using key facts and historical images, many taken from the RCN archives.

  • 24 Apr 2017

    RCN Council’s report to members on Congress 2016

    This report details the wide range of work, across all four countries of the UK, which hastaken place as a result of the debates in Glasgow last year.

  • 24 Apr 2017

    RCN role descriptor for safety representatives

    This document describes the main activities of an RCN safety representative.

  • 24 Apr 2017

    RCN role descriptor for stewards

    This document describes the main activities of an RCN steward.

  • 24 Apr 2017

    RCN role descriptor for learning representatives

    This document describes the main activities of an RCN learning representative.

  • 7 Apr 2017

    Fertility Preservation

    This publication provides information for nurses who are supporting and caring for those beginning treatment for potentially life-limiting diseases and where the treatment may adversely affect their ability to have children in the future. It also encompasses those who may wish, for non-medical reasons, to defer having children until later in life, for example members of the armed forces or those considering gender reassignment surgery. It is important that registered nurses understand the reality of what is possible now, what may be available in the future, and to support people to manage fertility should they become infertile due to illness/treatment or through choice for non-medical (social) reasons.

  • 3 Apr 2017

    Library and Archive Services annual report 2016

    This report covers the work of the RCN’s Library and Archive Service during 2016 – from events and exhibitions to centenary projects it showcases the wide variety of work undertaken by the library teams.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    Women's Health Cards Part 1

    Part one of these handy pocket guides covers multiple women's health topics including menopause, female anatomy and physiology and the menstrual cycle. Supported by Ethicon, NHS England, bpas, SYLK Besins Healthcare (UK) Ltd and Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    Nurse specialist in menopause

    The menopause happens to all women, however the degree of its impact on a woman’s quality of life and the symptoms experienced are very individual. The role of a specialist in menopause was included in the 2015 NICE guidelines on managing menopause, however the detail of how this role might be implemented in practice was less clear and subsequently the British Menopause Society (BMS) produced a guide for all health care professionals. This booklet builds on the BMS agreed standards, focusing on the options for nurses who may choose a career pathway towards becoming a specialist practitioner in menopause. This publication is supported by a grant from Besins Healthcare (UK) Ltd and Sylk UK Ltd and endorsed by the British Menopause Society.

  • 14 Mar 2017

    Fair care for trans patients

    The RCN recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. The nursing community can, through its professional actions and interests, work to eliminate this at both an individual and a societal level in partnership with a range of organisations, including those who represent the needs of trans people. 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.

  • 9 Feb 2017

    The Needs of People with Learning Disabilities

    This booklet aims to highlight to all pre-registration nursing students what their programme of study should offer around the health needs of people with a learning disability, increasing the students’ competence, regardless of what setting they work in.

  • 4 Feb 2017

    Career and education framework for cancer nursing

    The RCN's Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing for UK nursing staff is the first to incorporate cancer-specific nursing outcomes. The Framework and outcomes are intended to be used as part of professional, education and workforce development to support improvements in the delivery of high-quality care to people affected by cancer.

  • 1 Feb 2017

    Supporting nursing staff caring for patients from places of detention

    There are an increasing number of people in criminal justice settings who have multiple and complex health care needs. From time to time these people require attention in NHS settings outside prison/police custody. This guidance is aimed at nursing staff working in NHS settings and gives further support and advice to provide optimum care to this group of patients.

  • 20 Jan 2017

    Integrating health and social care across the UK: toolkit for nursing leaders

    New RCN UK-wide toolkit for members working in strategic decision-making roles or involved in forums around integrated care. The toolkit has a series of themed prompt questions for reflection and action. It will support members to provide confident nursing leadership to shape, deliver and monitor safe, quality and local integrated services.

  • 20 Jan 2017

    A competency framework for nurses working in Parkinson’s disease management

    This revised competency framework describes professional criteria in the form of competencies required by experienced nurses when caring for a person with Parkinson’sand atypical Parkinsonian syndromes. Support for this publication was provided by Parkinson’s UK and Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association (PDNSA)

  • 10 Jan 2017

    Raising Concerns

    This resource will support you to raise concerns wherever you work – in the NHS or independent sector - and whether you raise a concern as an individual or as part of a group.

  • 21 Dec 2016

    When someone asks for your assistance to die

    This updated guidance was developed to support nurses, HCAs, and other health professionals in adult practice who may be asked by patients, or their families or carers, to become involved in assisting suicide. It covers the law on assisted suicide in the UK, as well as the law on advance decisions.

  • 20 Dec 2016

    The nature, scope and value of ophthalmic nursing

    This updated publication provides a strategic vision for ophthalmic nursing and guidance on how ophthalmic nurses can help maintain and promote ocular health. It focuses on areas such as eye health, visual impairment and learning disabilities. Bayer provided an educational grant towards the update, print and dissemination of this publication.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for travel health services

    This publication acts as a supplement to Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (2016) and focuses on professionals working in travel health services. Travel health organisations, clinics and health care professionals (HCPs) will find it useful as it highlights how important it is for processes within travel health settings to be reviewed to ensure services provide an effective safeguarding process around FGM.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for sexual health care

    This publication acts as a supplement to Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (2016) and focuses on professionals working in sexual health services such as sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine clinics and children’s services.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Female genital mutilation: RCN travel health services pathway

    This travel health services pathway has been produced as a quick reference tool to help care for girls and women who may be at risk of, or have been, abused through FGM.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Female genital mutilation: RCN sexual health care pathway

    This sexual health care pathway has been produced as a quick reference tool and is intended to guide the development of local services when caring for girls and women who may be at risk of, or have been, abused through FGM.

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Infusion therapy standards. Rapid evidence review: a summary

    This summary report highlights the key areas from the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support the development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Infusion therapy standards. Rapid evidence review

    This report summarises the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Standards for infusion therapy

    This updated edition includes sections which reflect changes in the delivery or commissioning of care since this guidance was last published in 2010. It features dedicated sections on patient safety and quality and patient experiences of infusion therapy. There is also a new section on service development, reflecting the role of commissioning in IV therapy and the continued development of outpatient/home parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPHAT) services.

  • 28 Nov 2016

    Nursing staff using personal mobile phones for work purposes

    This updated publication focuses on the RCN's position on nursing staff using their own mobile phone for work-related purposes, drawing attention to issues such as: employer's policy; security and confidentiality of patient information; staff safety; and cost implications.

  • 18 Nov 2016

    The RCN’s Working Longer Project

    Working in partnership to create a culture that supports staff to work later in life

  • 18 Nov 2016

    Valuing older workers

    A 10 step action plan for working in partnership to create a learning culture that supports staff who work later in life

  • 28 Oct 2016

    Revalidation for Flight Nurses in the UK: RCN guidance

    This leaflet gives information on revalidation for Flight Nurses in the UK.

  • 21 Oct 2016

    The UK nursing labour market review 2016

    This is the 2016 report providing a review of the UK nursing labour market, looking at recent data and trends for nursing staff working in the health sector across the UK, drawing out differences, similarities and challenges across the four UK countries.

  • 11 Oct 2016

    Formula feeds

    This new edition provides an overview of formula feeding to enable health professionals to support mothers who, for whatever reason, have made that choice of feeding. It provides information to enable safe formula feeding, whether in hospital or community settings, and details the different types of standard formula, and formula adapted for minor gastro conditions, that are widely available in the UK. The scope of the guidance is restricted to formula feeds suitable during the first year of life.

  • 11 Oct 2016

    Reasonable adjustments

    This publication recognises that people with impairments are able to undertake employment and are a valuable resource. It offers guidance on how changes to work place environments and attitudes can assist in ensuring that employees with impairments have a fair opportunity to work to the best of their abilities.

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Library and Archive Services annual report 2015

    This report covers the work of the RCN’s Library and Archive Service during 2015 – from collections development to centenary preparations it showcases the wide variety of work undertaken by the library teams.

  • 4 Oct 2016

    Personal safety when working alone: guidance for members working in health and social care

    This short guide has been developed for members who work alone. It also contains a checklist for RCN safety representatives who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff. For those wanting more in-depth information on lone working, there is a list of sources of further information in the back of the guide

  • 4 Oct 2016

    Keeping safe when working alone

    This pocket guide will help prepare you for lone working. It provides a checklist to run through before a home visit, along with what to look out for whilst on a visit and what to report afterwards. Remember, The NMC Code states that you should take account of your own personal safety as well as those you care for

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Agency nursing under the microscope

    The RCN and HCL Nursing explore the dependence on agency nursing in the UK and the view of agency nurses themselves.

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Staff Side Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body 2017-18

    Evidence submitted to the NHS Pay review body. Also see RCN Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (publication code 005 803)

  • 30 Sep 2016

    RCN Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body 2017-18

    This submission accompanies the evidence presented by Staff Side (publication code 005 802) and supports the key recommendations made in the report. It also makes some additional observations and recommendations based on the findings from our own research.

  • 19 Sep 2016

    Acute limb compartment syndrome observation chart

    This observation chart is designed to help monitor patients who may have or be at risk of developing acute limb compartment syndrome.

  • 22 Aug 2016

    The Student Money Guide

    RCN advice on getting the best out of your bursary and the benefits available to you as an RCN student member.

  • 22 Aug 2016

    Competences

    This framework identifies the theoretical and practical competences, and the overall indicative content necessary for education and training programmes for peripheral venous cannulation in children and young people

  • 22 Aug 2016

    Competences

    This framework describes the theoretical and practical competences, and the overall indicative content necessary for education and training programmes for capillary blood sampling and venepuncture in children and young people.

  • 1 Aug 2016

    Event Programme Autumn/Winter 2016

    The RCN Library and heritage Centre holds a range of exhibitions and events throughout the year. This is our autumn/winter programme.

  • 30 Jun 2016

    RCN response to the Department of Health consultation: Changing how healthcare education is funded

    RCN response to the Department of Health consultation on changing how healthcare education is funded.

  • 30 Jun 2016

    The value of trade union workplace representatives in health care

    This publication focuses on the value of trade union workplace representatives in health care and emphasises the time that representatives need to do their role within the workplace.

  • 24 Jun 2016

    Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    Guidance from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the RCN regarding anticipatory decisions about whether or not to attempt resuscitation in a person when their heart stops or they stop breathing.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Positive and proactive care

    Nurses deal with practical, ethical and moral dilemmas of restriction and restraint. This new publication, emerging from a series of RCN roadshows in 2014-15, presents the opportunity to educate nurses and nursing staff about the impact of regularly being involved in restriction/restraint and the toll this takes on their psychological wellbeing.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    Administering subcutaneous methotrexate for inflammatory arthritis

    This is the third edition of the RCN’s guidance and has been updated to ensure the publication contains the latest evidence-based guidance to support practitioners in the safe and confident administration of subcutaneous methotrexate in a variety of primary and secondary care settings, including community and managed care environments. The guidance covers aspects of both adult and children/young people’s care.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    EasyRead Help with your pain

    Leaflet covering pain and its assessment and management. Highlights the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability. Replaces 004915.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    EasyRead Epidurals for pain

    Leaflet covering epidurals and highlighting the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability. Replaces 004916.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    EasyRead Syringe pumps for pain

    Leaflet covering syringe pumps and highlighting the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability. Replaces 004917.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    EasyRead Managing Long Term Pain

    Leaflet covering the management of long term pain and highlighting the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    EasyRead Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA)

    Leaflet covering pain and its assessment and management after surgery, epidurals and patient controlled analgesia (PCA). Highlights the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    Better Homes for Nurses

    RCN London asked members about how the standard, cost and availability of housing affects them and the care they provide to London's patients. This booklet sets out the results and looks at ideas to better support nursing staff to live and work in London in the numbers needed.

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Fair care for trans people

    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.

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Inequalities experienced by children across the UK accessing the right care, at the right time, in the right place

    This publication highlights how the health care inequalities experienced by children are influenced by getting the right care at the right time and in the right place. It sets out the current policy context across the UK, spotlights some key areas and concludes with recommendations on the actions needed by all governments across the UK.

  • 17 Jun 2016

    An update from the RCN on NMC revalidation, plus frequently asked questions

    This publication provides information on the requirements of NMC revalidation and support the RCN is offering with the process. It also answers a number of frequently asked questions on revalidation.

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Roles of the RCN professional leads

    Working across the UK the RCN professional leads have a wide sphere of influence. This leaflet provides an outline of their role, their areas of expertise and specialty, the wide ranging work they get involved in and their scope of influence in shaping the future role of nursing and midwifery staff.

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Becoming an active representative

    This booklet is designed to give you an understanding of the activities you can expect to undertake as a representative, and the learning and support you can expect from the RCN to help you feel confident and prepared to carry out those activities.

  • 1 Jun 2016

    RCN Foundation Impact Report 2015

    The RCN Foundation is an independent charity set up in 2010 to support nursing staff to improve the health and well-being of the public. Read the RCN Foundation's impact report for 2015.

  • 24 May 2016

    Caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans clients or patients

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people (LGBT) may experience stigma, prejudice and unlawful behaviour both as patients and as colleagues. This booklet specifically looks at how nursing staff should deal with next of kin issues, for example, being sensitive, inclusive and challenging discriminatory attitudes, whilst also remaining mindful of the relevant legislation. Nursing staff need to respect a patient’s choice of nominated person and be aware of issues relating to confidentiality, access, information and documentation.

  • 9 May 2016

    Annual Report 2015

    Combined RCN Group annual report and consolidated financial accounts for year ended 31 December 2015. Comprising the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, its trading subsidiary (RCNi), and the RCN Foundation.

  • 3 May 2016

    Public Health Nursing Practice

    This new RCN leaflet has been designed to be used by public health nurses as a reflective/revalidation tool. It highlights some areas of the NMC’s code of practice in relation to public health and the corresponding Faculty of Public Health’s core competences to help you consider areas of practice you might find useful to reflect upon in readiness for revalidation.

  • 29 Apr 2016

    RCN initial response to the Department of Health consultation: Changing how healthcare education is funded

    Initial response by the Royal College of Nursing to the Government's consultation on plans to reform higher education funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students in England: 'Changing how healthcare education is funded'.

  • 29 Apr 2016

    RCN briefing on the Department of Health consultation: Changing how healthcare education is funded

    This is a factual briefing to provide a summary of the changes proposed by the Department of Health on how health care education is funded and outlines some key considerations for RCN members.

  • 22 Apr 2016

    Female genital mutilation

    FGM is child abuse and the practice is illegal in the UK. The hidden nature of the crime raises serious issues and concerns in relation to the safeguarding of girls and young women. This updated publication aims to raise awareness among nurses, midwives and related health care personnel about FGM, and to provide insight and understanding of the socio-cultural, legal and health issues surrounding the practice. This edition is supported by NHS England.

  • 6 Apr 2016

    RCN Northern Ireland Manifesto for the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections

    The health care priorities RCN Northern Ireland believes all political parties must address in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

  • 16 Mar 2016

    RCN Response to Health Education England’s Consultation: Building capacity to care and capability to treat

    The RCN has published its response to Health Education England’s consultation on proposals to introduce a “Nursing Associate” role to the health workforce.

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Genital examination in women

    The purpose of this document is to provide standards and sample assessment tools for training in genital examination in women for registered nurses working in sexual and reproductive health settings, and related health and social care settings. It assumes an extensive knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology.

  • 10 Mar 2016

    The RCN stewards handbook

    Handbook providing the supporting resources for the Stewards’ pathway.

  • 22 Feb 2016

    Easyread - Connect for Change

    Easy read report about care and support for people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 22 Feb 2016

    Connect for Change

    Publication report about the care and support for people with learning disabilities and their families, including recommendations to address the issues highlighted.

  • 22 Feb 2016

    The menopause and work: guidance for RCN representatives.

    Sitting within the Healthy Workplaces campaign, this publication provides guidance to RCN Reps when working with colleagues going through the menopause. The document discusses symptoms, workplace policies, and recommendations for changes to both work patterns and the work environment

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Building capacity to care and capability to treat

    Consultation briefing provides a summary of the proposal for a new nursing associate role and will support members in formalising their views during the consultation process.

  • 10 Feb 2016

    Bazian report: RCN Mentorship Project 2015

    A report for the RCN by Bazian, an Economist Intelligence Unit business. From Today’s Support in Practice to Tomorrow’s Vision for Excellence. A rapid evidence review on nurse mentoring. The RCN's Executive summary for this report and project is publication code 005455.

  • 10 Feb 2016

    RCN Mentorship Project 2015

    An executive summary of the RCN Mentorship Project 2015. The full report is RCN Mentorship Project 2015. From Today’s Support in Practice to Tomorrow’s Vision for Excellence (publication code 005454) and relates to the Bazian report: Rapid Evidence Review (publication code 005472).

  • 9 Feb 2016

    The Role of the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Young People in England

    This position statement aims to clarify the role and responsibilities of the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children.

  • 8 Feb 2016

    Stepping In, Stepping Out, Stepping Up

    This publication evaluates the ward sister supervisory role and the experience of changing to a supervisory status for ward sisters in two NHS trusts in England.

  • 5 Feb 2016

    RCN Mentorship Project 2015. From Today’s Support in Practice to Tomorrow’s Vision for Excellence

    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is aware of, and shares, the concerns identified around the facilitation of pre-registration education in practice. We believe the skills, education and training of a mentor are important in ensuring that the practice placement of our nursing students supports high quality learning. The RCN, along with its membership, has researched and debated what constitutes good mentorship. This report brings together output from this work and is designed to provide all stakeholders with an insight into how mentorship is valued, and demonstrate the need for further investment in this important role.

  • 1 Feb 2016

    Reflecting on active representation: Using evidence from representative activity for NMC revalidation

    Guidance for RCN representatives on how they can use their trade union activity and continuing learning and development as part of their evidence to demonstrate they meet the requirements for NMC revalidation.

  • 1 Feb 2016

    The value and contribution of nursing to public health in the UK

    This is a full report on the project led by the RCN in 2015 to assess the impact and contribution that nurses make to public health.

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Infection Prevention and Control Commissioning Toolkit

    Revised toolkit provides information to support professionals involved in the commissioning or assurance of health and social care services.

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Response to student bursaries

    Responses to student bursaries collected by contributors during November and December 2015.

  • 15 Jan 2016

    Improving patient outcomes by improving staff health and wellbeing

    Publication for directors of nursing who want to improve the health and wellbeing of the workforce and, subsequently, patient outcomes.

  • 6 Jan 2016

    Indemnity scheme for the self-employed, volunteers and Good Samaritans

    The RCN’s indemnity scheme is an important element of the benefits package available to members. This leaflet explains the scheme for the self-employed, volunteers and Good Samaritans.

  • 16 Dec 2015

    RCN Library and Archive Services

    Publication outlining the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Library and Archive Service Five Year Plan.

  • 10 Dec 2015

    Small changes, big differences: Driving nursing leadership in procurement

    Publication examining how involving nursing and midwifery staff in procurement activities can save time, improve patient care and save money. It has been produced in partnership with NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network.

  • 10 Dec 2015

    Managing the fertility of male cancer patients

    Information for oncology and haematology nurses who may be asked questions by patients about the preservation of gametes prior to starting cancer treatment.

  • 1 Dec 2015

    Record keeping: the facts

    As members of the wider health care team, HCAs and APs take personal accountability for good record keeping. This short guidance from the RCN aims to clarify the issues of delegating record keeping and countersigning records for nursing staff and employers.

  • 25 Nov 2015

    Small changes, big differences

    Publication for the Small changes, big differences supporting and encouraging senior nursing leaders to engage their nursing staff in procurement decisions, improve patient care and support financial savings.

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Industrial action by other unions

    Occasions may arise where RCN members are employed in a workplace where colleagues in other unions are involved in industrial action. This paper outlines the position of those RCN members in respect of the particular action, and advises what approaches they should take relating to their own contract of employment, while ensuring that they do not undermine the lawful industrial action taken by trade union colleagues.

  • 18 Nov 2015

    Small changes, Big difference leaflet

    Leaflet for the Small changes, big differences supporting and encouraging senior nursing leaders to engage their nursing staff in procurement decisions, improve patient care and support financial savings.

  • 5 Nov 2015

    This is defence nursing

    Collection of articles demonstrating the breadth and depth of defence nursing and giving insights into operational nursing care.

  • 5 Nov 2015

    Defence nurses’ experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan

    The RCN Defence Nursing Forum has collected oral histories from some of the nurses and health care assistants who were deployed in UK operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 4 Nov 2015

    Welcome to the RCN of the United Kingdom

    An introduction to the world’s largest professional body and trade union for nursing staff and further information on our policy and international work.

  • 2 Nov 2015

    Role of the Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and Named Nurse for Looked After Children in England

    Position statement clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and the Named Nurse for Looked After Children.

  • 1 Nov 2015

    Your Essential Guide to NMC Revalidation

    RCN pocket guide for nursing staff that highlights what is important in the process of revalidation.

  • 1 Nov 2015

    Ask. Listen. Act. A practical guide for reps to support questioning & influencing in the workplace

    A practical guide for all RCN representatives on how to best question and influence on behalf of members in your workplace.

  • 22 Oct 2015

    Managing the disposal of pregnancy remains

    Second edition of guidance to help nurses and midwives put in place appropriate systems and processes to ensure the safe and appropriate disposal of pregnancy remains, where the pregnancy has ended before the 24th week of gestation. 

  • 1 Oct 2015

    A workforce in crisis? The UK nursing labour market review 2015

    Report providing a review of the UK nursing labour market, looking at recent data and trends for nursing staff working in the health sector across the UK, drawing out differences and similarities across the four UK countries.

  • 1 Oct 2015

    Healthy you assessment worksheet

    Self assessment providing an overview of effective strategies to maintain a healthy you.

  • 1 Oct 2015

    Important changes to your NMC registration

    Information for nursing staff about the rules the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) brought into effect in October 2015 which remove any nursing staff from the NMC register if they fail to renew their NMC registration in time.

  • 29 Sep 2015

    Healthy workplace toolkit

    Healthy workplace toolkit to support health care employers and RCN reps in implementing healthy working environments with high quality employment practices.

  • 29 Sep 2015

    The case for healthy workplaces

    Document outlining the RCN’s approach to promoting employee health and wellbeing through the creation of healthy workplaces.

  • 29 Sep 2015

    Working towards a healthy you

    Leaflet identifying techniques to help you prevent and manage physical and emotional stress.

  • 29 Sep 2015

    Why invest in a healthy workplace?

    Poster on why it is important to invest in a healthy workplace. Part of the Healthy Workplace, Healthy You campaign.

  • 29 Sep 2015

    Healthy Workplace, Healthy You Booklet

    Booklet detailing the calls that the RCN is making to employers as part of the Healthy Workplace, Healthy You campaign.

  • 23 Sep 2015

    Supporting the delivery of immunisation

    Publication building on national guidance for immunisation training, recommending the standardisation of immunisation training for all nursing staff.

  • 23 Sep 2015

    Getting started on Twitter

    Guide for those who are new to Twitter on how to use this social media site effectively, with information on registering for an account, using hashtags, mentions and direct messages as well as top tips for getting noticed.

  • 23 Sep 2015

    Immunisation knowledge and skills competence assessment tool

    Competence framework to support the training and assessment of registered and non-registered health care workers who have a role in immunisations.

  • 18 Sep 2015

    Caring for people with liver disease

    Framework to help the nursing team identify individuals at risk of liver disease, promote healthy livers and lifestyle and care for individuals with existing liver disease. This is an update on publication 004376.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    RCN Employment Survey 2015

    Report produced by Labour Research Department on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) based on the results of an online survey completed by a random sample of the RCN membership.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Stress and you: A guide for nursing staff

    This booklet provides advice on how you can reduce stress and manage your responses more effectively, and what to expect from your employer in terms of support.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Stress and you: A short guide

    This guide helps readers understand the nature of pressures and stress and suggests strategies for starting to build resilience.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Working with care – improving working relationships in health and social care

    This set of tools is designed to encourage health and social care staff to examine their interactions with colleagues, to enhance the positive interactions and to increase awareness of negative interactions, some of which can amount to bullying and harassment.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Bullying and harassment at work

    This leaflet provides guidance on how to recognise bullying and harassment at work, and what you can do about it. There is also advice about what to do if you are the one accused of bullying or harassing behaviour.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Bullying and harassment

    This guidance outlines the moral and legal case for tackling bullying and harassment and provides guidance for health and social care managers and RCN representatives on good practice in dealing with workplace bullying and harassment.

  • 1 Sep 2015

    Spinning plates – working flexibly to support a healthy work-life balance

    This publication supports the RCN’s Healthy Workplace campaign by providing guidance to RCN representatives and other interested parties on one of the main issues affecting work-life balance today: flexible working. The aim is to ensure that representatives can work with employers and policy-makers in their workplaces, and provide appropriate representation to RCN members who may need support to gain access to flexible working.

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Pain knowledge and skills framework

    Framework for employers writing role descriptions and conducting performance reviews, and for employees needing to evidence their competence, development and fitness to practice during revalidation.

  • 3 Aug 2015

    Improving the lives of carers

    This report was been produced to provide feedback to the Department of Health on the funding given to the RCN for the Improving the lives of carers project.

  • 10 Jul 2015

    This is nursing

    Publication showcasing a few examples of the inspirational work undertaken by nurses and health care support workers across the South West region.

  • 23 Jun 2015

    Safeguarding adults – everyone's responsibility

    Guidance setting out the RCN's position on the role of a member reporting suspected abuse or harm to adults in the UK. Outlines the key interventions that should be followed and provides signposts to resources that will help you understand the issues and required actions.

  • 22 Jun 2015

    Getting it right every time

    Resource developed to assist nurses and health care assistants across all health care settings caring for people in the last year of their life.

  • 22 Jun 2015

    RCN position statement on international recruitment

    Publication stating the RCN's position on EU and international nurse recruitment and mobility.

  • 22 Jun 2015

    Internationally recruited nurses

    Guidance aimed at nursing staff and health care assistants who want to work in the UK, as well as their potential employers. Provides an overview of the key considerations and principles for ensuring the ethical recruitment and employment of members of the nursing community from outside the UK.

  • 22 Jun 2015

    International Recruitment 2015

    The RCN is increasingly worried that changes to the immigration rules will have a disproportionate impact on the retention and recruitment of nurses from outside Europe. This report shows that up to 3,365 nurses currently working in the UK may have to leave the country from 2017 as a direct result of the 2012 immigration changes.

  • 21 Jun 2015

    EasyRead: Epidurals

    Leaflets covering epidurals and highlighting the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

  • 21 Jun 2015

    EasyRead: Patient controlled analgesia

    Leaflet covering pain and its assessment and management after surgery, epidurals and patient controlled analgesia (PCA). Highlights the need for accessible information for all patients, not just those with a learning disability.

  • 19 Jun 2015

    Claiming payment for excess hours worked

    Publication outlining the steps to be taken in order to claim payment for excess hours worked above contracted hours. It provides guidance on the legal position, how to claim, plus has an excess hours record template as well as a letter template you can use to send to your manager.

  • 19 Jun 2015

    Iron deficiency anaemia in adults

    Guidance developed by expert nurses from several relevant specialities, provides clear information on identifying IDA and escalating effective management, makes it easier to understand when, why and how it occurs, offers information on good dietary advice and the use of oral supplements.

  • 19 Jun 2015

    Fair pay in the independent sector

    Document providing advice for those nurses and health care assistants working within the independent sector and contains guidance on how to raise working arrangements and pay matters with employers.

  • 18 Jun 2015

    Caring for the Capital

    “Caring for the Capital” celebrates everything that is good about nurses and nursing in London and looks at the different ways the RCN supports our diverse membership in the region.

  • 9 Jun 2015

    Accountability and delegation

    Guidance on accountability and delegation for the nursing team.

  • 5 Jun 2015

    Adult congenital heart disease

    Sets out minimum standards for adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) nursing. Includes recommendations for education and training underpinned by competency frameworks and career pathways.

  • 1 Jun 2015

    Day surgery information

    Updated guidance for nurses on which protocols to follow whilst looking after children in day surgery.

  • 22 May 2015

    RCN Council's report to members on Congress 2014

    Details the work undertaken on RCN members' behalf in response to the resolutions and matters for discussion put forward and debated at Congress 2014.

  • 19 May 2015

    Annual report to December 2014

    Highlights key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2013-14 and reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts.

  • 10 May 2015

    Staff side evidence to the pay review body for nursing and other professional staff 2005

    First submission of evidence to the Review Body made by the NHS Staff Side since the new pay system, Agenda for Change, started to be implemented across the NHS, and since the remit for the Review Body was changed to include health professional groups other than nursing staff, midwives, health visitors and allied health professionals.

  • 3 May 2015

    A multiple-case study evaluation of the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme

    Multiple-case study establishing how key stakeholders perceive the effectiveness and acceptability of the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme.

  • 23 Apr 2015

    Nursing on the move – specialist nursing for patients requiring repatriation and retrieval

    Publication outlining recommendations about educational preparation, plus reinforces the role nurses have at the forefront of patient transportation especially in the context of increasing centralisation of care and worldwide travel.

  • 17 Apr 2015

    First Steps impact evaluation report

    Assesses the quality and impact of First Steps, a learning resource developed by the RCN in 2011 to help health care assistants learn the foundation skills and values needed for their role.

  • 17 Apr 2015

    First Steps impact evaluation report

    Assesses the quality and impact of First Steps, a learning resource developed by the RCN in 2011 to help health care assistants learn the foundation skills and values needed for their role.

  • 9 Apr 2015

    Advanced preparation of insulin syringes for adult patients to administer at home

    Guidance for nursing practitioners on the professional, organisational and safety issues that must be addressed when pre-loading insulin syringes for later use by a person with diabetes.

  • 5 Apr 2015

    Real choice in the health service

    Publication examining some of the key issues for nurses and patients as the Government rolls out its Choice initiative.

  • 1 Apr 2015

    How RCN learning representatives can ensure a positive start to a young person’s career in nursing

    Offers RCN learning representatives an overview of the new young learner roles and guidance on how to support young learners in partnership with employers.

  • 4 Mar 2015

    The right foundation?

    Guidance aimed at employers in trusts that are in the process of achieving foundation trust status or where the option is being considered.

  • 2 Mar 2015

    Endometriosis factsheet

    Provides nurses with guidance on how to recognise symptoms, sets out pathways of care and signposts useful online resources. Please read in conjunction with publication 004776. Publication supported through an unconditional educational grant from Ethicon and is endorsed by Endometriosis UK.

  • 2 Mar 2015

    Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis

    Defines the role of the endometriosis clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to enhance career opportunities, inform and enhance local practice, and establish a base line standard across the UK.

  • 20 Feb 2015

    Infection prevention and control within health and social care

    Publication setting out the current approaches to infection prevention and control and current organisation of the agencies responsible for commissioning, performance management and regulation in the NHS in England.

  • 11 Feb 2015

    Continuing learning and development for RCN representatives in England

    Details the opportunities available, how to apply for places on events and workshops, and provides signposts to sources of further information available. The RCN's continuing learning and development opportunities provide representatives with support in practice in order to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding through regional events and advanced skills workshops.

  • 11 Feb 2015

    A guide to the learning and development pathway for RCN representatives

    Guidance for new RCN representatives on the learning and development pathway for representatives, offering details of each of the modules and information on support and mentorship.

  • 6 Feb 2015

    RCN survey of nurses working with looked after children

    Publication following on from an RCN led networking event in 2013 for nurses working with looked after children, where numerous issues and concerns were raised relating to changes in NHS structures, commissioning of services, workload and capacity, roles and responsibilities, as well as the potential perverse impact of the introduction of a Payment by Results tariff and unsafe working practices.

  • 6 Feb 2015

    Traction principles and application

    Provides information on applying traction and caring for the patients’ safety while traction remains in place.

  • 4 Feb 2015

    Frontline First

    The RCN is producing this Frontline First report at a time of financial crisis for the NHS. The service is expected to cope with increasing demand and pressures across the system, and deal with an ongoing winter crisis in A&E departments, while at the same time making huge efficiency savings.

  • 4 Feb 2015

    Post registration education

    Report presenting the findings of a research study, looking into the post registration education and training needs of the nurses, how they want that education and training delivered, and what sort of qualifications and accreditation they want to receive.

  • 1 Feb 2015

    RCN representative recruitment leaflet

    Information for RCN members on the three different types of RCN representatives: stewards; learning representatives and safety representatives. Includes form for RCN members to register their interest in becoming an RCN representative.

  • 23 Jan 2015

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

    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.

  • 15 Jan 2015

    Raising concerns

    A guide to raising concerns in the NHS or independent sector, and how the RCN can help.

  • 1 Jan 2015

    Knowledge and innovation action plan 2014-18

    Report celebrating some of the activity that has taken place across the RCN over the past year, and represents the start of a five-year journey towards a fully research literate nursing workforce and a robust nursing evidence base.

  • 22 Dec 2014

    Defining nursing 2014

    Updated publication defining what we believe to be the essence of nursing. It describes what nursing is, clarifies the role of the nurse and identifies areas where research is needed. The definition also reflects nursing’s diversity which includes the care of people who are healthy and those who are sick, and of groups of people and individuals.

  • 11 Dec 2014

    RCN London Safe Staffing Report 2014

    The RCN London Safe Staffing Report 2014 looks at nursing shortages in London including a survey of members working in mental health settings. The report includes Freedom of Information data on nursing vacancies showing more than 8000 nursing posts in the capital unfilled, 14% of the total.

  • 28 Nov 2014

    Pregnancy testing prior to diagnostic and interventional imaging

    Updated guidance providing information on current best practice concerning pregnancy testing of women before they undergo any diagnostic and interventional imaging procedure.

  • 21 Nov 2014

    Frontline First

    Special report showing that mental health services are now under unprecedented strain, experiencing a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds despite rising demand.

  • 13 Nov 2014

    Learning from the past setting out the future

    Publication setting out the key issues and actions required, both now and in the future, to enable learning disability nursing to develop and progress in line with the increased demand on its services.

  • 12 Nov 2014

    Good practice for handling feedback

    Guide to help frontline nurses and health care support workers understand how to deal with feedback, both good and bad, as well as concerns, complaints and compliments.

  • 30 Oct 2014

    An uncertain future

    Report providing a review of the UK nursing labour market, looking at recent data and trends for nursing staff working in the health sector across the UK, drawing out differences and similarities across the four UK countries.

  • 21 Oct 2014

    Gynaecological cancer

    Updated publication providing information on various types of gynaecological cancer, including signs and symptoms and the treatments that are available, and aims to assist nurses working in this specialist field to improve and standardise patient care.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Mental health in children and young people

    Toolkit providing an outline of the common mental health problems that practitioners may identify in various settings, along with basic information on the knowledge and skills nurses need in order to recognise and care for children and young people who present with possible mental health problems.

  • 10 Oct 2014

    The RCN representatives joint handbook

    Handbook giving an overview of what information, advice and support is available to RCN representatives. It provides a foundation of information to underpin a representative role whether a learning representative, safety representative or steward.

  • 10 Oct 2014

    The RCN learning representatives handbook

    Handbook to help learning representatives carry out their role. It suggests ways of getting started and gives information about key RCN services and resources. In addition, it will help learning reps work in partnership; tackle discrimination at work and promote diversity; and promote continuing professional development initiatives and lifelong learning.

  • 10 Oct 2014

    The RCN safety representatives handbook

    Handbook outlining how to operate as a RCN safety representative. Forming an integral part of the safety representative development package it aims to equip representatives for the work that they do and offers information on good practice for encouraging safety at work, accident prevention and the effects legislation has on health and safety.

  • 8 Oct 2014

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Framework encompassing Agenda for Change and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) implemented across the UK in December 2004. Aimed primarily for qualified nursing staff at bands 5-8, working in a paediatric oncology setting either in a primary treatment centre or in shared care (hospital and community).

  • 7 Oct 2014

    Nutrition in children and young people with cancer

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated document giving guidance about nutrition for children and young people with cancer, and is aimed at nurses and other health professionals. This guidance has been developed in conjunction with members of a multidisciplinary team including specialist paediatric dieticians and paediatric oncologists.

  • 7 Oct 2014

    Provision of mental health care for adults who have a learning disability

    Publication providing guidance for nurses and nursing students in mental health services in delivering high-quality health care to people with learning disabilities. Continues the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum's work to ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to high-quality health care services.

  • 2 Oct 2014

    Children and young people's cardiac nursing

    Competence frameworks and role descriptions developed to enhance the clinical care that children and young people with congenital heart disease receive. Nurses must function at an optimal level to deliver appropriate care, and evaluating clinical competence is essential to ensure the confidence of children and their families in cardiac nursing provision.

  • 24 Sep 2014

    Royal College of Nursing evidence to the NHS pay review body 2014-15

    RCN submission accompanying the evidence presented by the Staff Side trade unions and supports the key recommendations made in the report. Also makes some additional recommendations based on the findings from our own research. Shows that work intensification and job related stress, made worse by reduced staffing levels are becoming all too common features of the NHS working environment.

  • 10 Sep 2014

    Peripheral neurovascular observations for acute limb compartment syndrome

    Publication providing guidance for the early detection of acute limb compartment syndrome (ALCS). With close involvement with the British Orthopaedic Association, these guidelines cover the care of adults, children and young people with potential ALCS due to injury or treatment for limb conditions.

  • 3 Sep 2014

    Employing nurses in local authorities

    Guidance developed by the RCN in collaboration with colleagues from the Local Government Association (LGA) in order to support nurses employed in local authorities and those employing them. Outlines the key principles for consideration for nurses working within local authority teams and for those employing them and providing line management, clinical support and supervision.

  • 1 Sep 2014

    The role of children and young people's nurses in commissioning and planning services

    Updated guidance to assist nurses in understanding the commissioning processes and encourage professional advocacy. Providing information to help nurses influence the development of effective, efficient and appropriate high quality services for their area.

  • 28 Aug 2014

    Antimicrobial resistance

    Publication describing the contribution that nurses and nursing can make at an international, national and local level to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Developed to stimulate discussion and ensure nurses are fully involved and engaged with initiatives and actions that impact on AMR.

  • 28 Aug 2014

    Policies to support practice areas caring for neonates, children and young people

    Provides guidance for those involved in policy management, helping to make sure that the full breadth of policies are in place to support clinical practice.

  • 27 Aug 2014

    Performing intra-uterine insemination and embryo transfer

    Guidance outlining some of the key issues that fertility nurses need to be aware of whilst also providing specific information on how to perform intra-uterine insemination and embryo transfer, while ensuring a positive experience throughout the whole procedure.

  • 20 Aug 2014

    Defence nursing: An RCN guide for nursing staff

    Guidance designed to be used by nurses, HCAs, and employers, developed to provide an understanding of military nursing and to help develop individual roles, new or existing services, and identify developments in this speciality.

  • 31 Jul 2014

    Health care service standards in caring for neonates, children and young people

    Updated guidance on health care service standards reflecting the changing scene in children and young people's services over recent years. Standards outlined apply across all four countries of the UK and include: working with children and their families using a multi-agency approach; caring for children in an appropriate, safe environment; workforce planning and employment requirements; and educating the children's nursing workforce.

  • 31 Jul 2014

    Understanding benchmarking

    Explains the advantages of benchmarking, provides a model of benchmarking to help get you started and includes an example of benchmarking in practice.

  • 31 Jul 2014

    Use of digital technology

    Publication produced for nurses working with children and young people to raise awareness about the complex issues around use of technology, including confidentiality and record keeping. It provides guidance for nurses regarding the use of social media including their own appropriate use, how to protect children and young people from the dangers of social media, and how to use social media to improve patient care.

  • 30 Jul 2014

    Defend fair pay

    RCN leaflet outlining how you can join the fight for fair pay in England. The independent Pay Review Body (PRB) recommended that nurses and health care support workers should get the one per cent cost of living increase, which last year the Government said was affordable.

  • 23 Jul 2014

    Infection prevention and control commissioning toolkit

    Toolkit developed collaboratively with the Infection Prevention Society, providing information for professionals in England who are involved in commissioning infection prevention and control services. Forms the basis of a health care associated infection reduction plan for commissioning organisations and suggests indicators to support performance management.

  • 21 Jul 2014

    Nurse-led immunisation of school-aged children

    Publication providing signposts that enable you to access appropriate websites and resources where you can obtain the latest information on immunisation.

  • 11 Jul 2014

    Nurses employed by GPs

    Guidance developed to provide all nursing staff, practice managers, GPs and other stakeholders with a framework to support nurses employed in general practice. Includes information and links to the essential elements of good employment practice.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    Patients undergoing minor interventional procedures such as biopsy, drain insertion and aspiration

    Guidance for radiology nurses on providing a clinically effective and safe environment when assisting and monitoring patients during minor interventional procedures such as biopsy, drain insertion and aspiration. 

  • 9 Jul 2014

    Patients undergoing vascular intervention

    Guidance aims to support radiology nurses in providing a clinically effective and safe environment when assisting procedures that provide diagnostic images of patients' blood vessels and treatment of vascular problems. Designed to facilitate consistency throughout radiology departments nationally and can be used as a source of reference for support workers and other health care professionals.

  • 6 Jul 2014

    Ionising radiation protection and the use of radiation protective equipment

    Updated publication providing guidance for imaging nurses on current best practice relating to radiation protection in the imaging environment.

  • 16 Jun 2014

    The future for community children's nursing

    Publication setting out the RCN perspective of contemporary children’s and young people’s nursing services in primary and community settings and the crucial role community children’s nursing (CCN) performs as the bedrock of integrated care closer to home.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Integrated health and social care in England

    Overview of the current call for integrated health and social care services in England, the rationale behind the push for integration, the facilitators and barriers to this way of working, and the related workforce and funding issues.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    The executive pay bill in England's NHS

    RCN investigation into the extent to which NHS executive team costs are accelerating ahead of staff salaries. Includes detailed analysis of reward levels for NHS executive directors and senior managers and offers recommendations for employers.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Specialist and advanced children's and young people's nursing practice in contemporary health care

    Aimed at those developing services for children and young people (CYP), for both commissioners and service providers, and for those who commission and provide post registration education for children's nurses.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    The nursing role in integrated care models

    Briefing informing ongoing policy debate, facilitates international learning, and highlights the nursing contribution a distinction less commonly made.

  • 8 Jun 2014

    Children and young people's mental health, every nurse's business

    Publication aimed at all nurses who are involved in child and adolescent mental health service provision, and those who influence pre- and post-registration nursing education. Highlights the importance of involving young people in shaping service provision, ensuring the environment is appropriate to meet their needs, and the integration across all health care sectors.

  • 6 Jun 2014

    Council's report to members on Congress 2013

    Report detailing the work that has been completed over the last year on Congress 2013's agenda items.

  • 5 Jun 2014

    Could you be...?

    Booklet outlining how to put yourself forward for an RCN role. Being involved in the RCN will not only benefit you and members, but it will also enhance your skills and expertise. You will find information that signposts you to where to find out more, what roles are available and the importance of voting.

  • 1 Jun 2014

    RCN Guide to London 2014

  • 9 May 2014

    Annual report to December 2013

    Annual report highlights key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the nine months to 31 December 2013. Details some of the innovative work members and staff have been engaged with and includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 17 Apr 2014

    The management of waste from health, social and personal care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance using practical examples to support health care workers to properly manage the waste produced as part of their role and it recognises the different requirements that arise as a result of the devolved UK health care systems. This publication is supported by Stryker.

  • 16 Apr 2014

    Caring for children and young people

    Key points for organising children's service provision in independent sector hospitals and clinics. Covers organising services, pain management, consent, and nurse and medical staffing.

  • 10 Apr 2014

    Safeguarding children and young people – Every nurse's responsibility

    Publication outlines how to identify a vulnerable child, the signs of abuse that nurses should learn to recognise, your role and responsibilities as a nurse who has direct or indirect contact with children and your employer s responsibilities in this area.

  • 17 Mar 2014

    Transvaginal ultrasound scanning

    Outlines the key issues fertility nurses need to be aware of, including the importance of good communication with women.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    About the RCN Foundation

    The RCN Foundation is an independent charity set up in 2010 to support nursing staff to improve the health and well-being of the public.

  • 11 Mar 2014

    Frontline First

    Based on freedom of information data obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), this special report confirms that senior nursing roles have borne the brunt of workforce cuts, leading to a dangerous loss of experience and skills that are essential to ensuring patient safety and driving up care standards.

  • 21 Feb 2014

    Improving hospital care for older people

    Key messages for commissioners and NHS hospital providers.

  • 17 Feb 2014

    Developing an effective clinical governance framework for children's acute health care settings

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication designed as a checklist to be used when considering the implantation of a clinical governance framework within children s acute health care settings. Highlights the principles for implementation and the issues to consider when developing a framework. Aimed at all clinical professionals and managers with responsibility for acute children's health care services.

  • 13 Feb 2014

    First Steps for your health care support workers

    Executive briefing produced to inform organisations as to the content and benefits of the RCN online learning resource, First Steps for health care assistants. First Steps is a valuable tool that can help individuals and organisations meet their learning and development needs. Can be used as part of an organisation’s training package.

  • 12 Feb 2014

    NHS working longer review

    Document forms the RCN's submission to the NHS working longer review. The challenge of an ageing workforce is not a new one, and is one that the RCN has raised, and given attention to repeatedly over recent years. However, the nature of the challenge has changed. Historically, organisations needed ways to tempt older and retired staff back into the workforce; now the challenge is to ensure that the increasing numbers of older staff in the health service are enabled to work safely, efficiently and productively.

  • 12 Feb 2014

    Position statement on the education and training of health care assistants (HCAs)

    Position statement providing commissioners, education providers and employers with guidance on best practice in relation to the training and education of HCAs in the UK working at levels 2-3 of the Skills for Health Career Framework (2008).

  • 11 Feb 2014

    Malnutrition

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated publication looks at the possible causes of malnutrition in children, how to recognise major or minor problems that may be related to poor nutrition and what steps should be taken. Aimed at all nurses working in GP practices, outpatient departments, hospitals, hospices, respite services, health centres and schools, and has been supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Knowledge and innovation action plan for 2014-2018

    The Knowledge and Innovation Action Plan outlines how the RCN will develop new knowledge and continue to evaluate its impact over the next five years. A key aim of the plan is to support nurses and midwives, HCAs and APs in using knowledge to transform patient care.

  • 27 Jan 2014

    Guidance for RCN members

    Document intended to provide you wherever you live and work with guidance on engaging with the media. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with it before undertaking any media work on issues relating to the referendum on Scottish independence. You will also find a step-by-step guide on holding an independence referendum debate at the end of this guidance.

  • 22 Jan 2014

    Supporting the delivery of immunisation education

    Guidance sets out different levels of training, which are described as separate units, for commissioners, health boards and managers to consider depending on the service provided.

  • 17 Jan 2014

    Getting it right for young people in your practice

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Leaflet produced in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners and provides guidance on how to make your practice more teenage friendly so as to encourage teenagers to seek advice on sexual health as well as other issues.

  • 15 Jan 2014

    Infection prevention and control

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated resource giving health care staff guidance on how to search and find evidence-based information to keep their infection prevention knowledge and practice up to date. Signposts staff to further resources which can save precious time and help to expand their understanding of this specialist area.

  • 9 Jan 2014

    An RCN toolkit for school nurses

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Supports and develops school nurses in their professional practice, including guidance on school health profiling, infection control, confidentiality, safeguarding children and risk assessment.

  • 24 Dec 2013

    Specialist nursing of children and young people with epilepsy

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated version of RCN guidance document 002792: Competency framework and guidance for developing paediatric epilepsy nurse specialist services. It is intended to support professionals, commissioners and service planners to comply with the recommendations on specialist nursing.

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Adolescent transition care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance to help achieve a seamless transfer using a national clinical pathway framework, divided into two parts – the first provides an overview of the issues to consider when planning transition services, and the second provides a practical framework for working with young people at each of the major phases of adolescence.

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Infection prevention and control

    ***This document is currently under review as it is now out of date. The content of this document should be read and used with caution.*** IPC is a crucial component of safe systems providing health and social care. It is inextricably linked to anti-microbial resistance and therefore has a central role in health and social care and public health services. Its importance is underlined within the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer (Davies 2013) and forthcoming UK five year Anti-microbial Resistance Strategy.

  • 17 Dec 2013

    Caring for children with fever

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated good practice guidance aiming to help every nurse give up to date, evidence-based care to infants, children and young people who are experiencing fever. The guidance is aimed at those working with infants, children and young people, in either a community or hospital setting.

  • 12 Dec 2013

    Sharps safety

    Updated guidance covering the law on sharps injuries, including The Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013) and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers.

  • 11 Dec 2013

    Adolescence: boundaries and connections

    Guidance for nurses and health care practitioners who work with young people. Offers practical tips and addresses issues such as adolescent development, confidentiality, consent and local resources.

  • 9 Dec 2013

    RCN London safe staffing report 2013

    Report including the results of the RCN's request to every London NHS trust to asking what steps they were taking to ensure safe staffing levels, and to offer our support in working with them to share and promote examples of best practice. We also asked them to supply data about their nursing establishments, broken down by band, in order to put together for the first time a picture of how skill mix in London has changed over the past year.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    RCN employment survey 2013 – Scotland

    Report describing the findings for the RCN employment survey for Scotland 2013. The survey took place in a time of increased uncertainty and pressures on the nursing workforce. The survey report highlights heavy workloads, work pressures and decreasing staff levels, as well as concerns over job security and training and CPD. The survey was administered by Income Data Services, on behalf of the RCN. For the full report, see RCN Employment survey 2013, publication code 004503.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    Benchmarks for children's orthopaedic nursing care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication offering a portfolio of evidence-based benchmarks which define best practice in key elements of paediatric orthopaedic nursing care. They have been developed by a core team of expert, experienced nurses from the paediatric orthopaedic special interest group to identify the optimal care management for children and young people with an orthopaedic condition.

  • 19 Nov 2013

    Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people

    Document describing the standards, based on current evidence, best practice and expert opinion. These standards provide criteria for practitioners in achieving high quality nursing care. They will be of help in guiding local policies and procedures in relation to vital sign monitoring, performance improvement programmes and education programmes for registered nurses, nurses in training and health care assistants.

  • 19 Nov 2013

    On the case: Advice, support and representation from the RCN

    Publication providing guidance for members on getting advice, support and representation from the RCN, covers support from your regional office, support for members working overseas, your rights and the rights of the RCN.

  • 18 Nov 2013

    Competences

    Updated competence framework developed to enhance the clinical care that children and young people with an endocrine disorder receive. The framework focuses on knowledge, skills and interventions that are heightened or specific to nurses working in paediatric endocrine nursing. It identifies the competencies, learning outcomes and the indicative content necessary for education and training programmes to meet the needs of children and young people, and should be used to develop new programmes and review and revise existing ones.

  • 15 Nov 2013

    Supporting children and young people with diabetes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Document outlining the principles that health care professionals and education staff should apply to ensure the needs of children and young people with diabetes are met.

  • 15 Nov 2013

    Creating a safe environment for care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2018. Publication produced jointly with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), defines the relationship between nursing staff and cleaning professionals and the effect this relationship has on the patient environment.

  • 15 Nov 2013

    Children and young people with diabetes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance signposting to resources and sources of support for those new to a specialist nurse role. Highlights issues that need to be considered by the individual as well as their employing organisation.

  • 14 Nov 2013

    Frontline First running the red light

    Report revealing there are nearly 20,000 nursing vacancies currently unfilled in England; a hidden workforce crisis that could have serious consequences for the NHS.

  • 11 Nov 2013

    Tackling FGM in the UK

    Joint report from the Intercollegiate Group and its partners setting out nine recommendations aimed at health and social care professionals who are key to bringing about the changes needed in the UK to help eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

  • 4 Nov 2013

    Meeting the health needs of people with learning disabilities

    Guidance defining learning disabilities, outlining some specific health needs and explaining relevant legislation, which includes obtaining consent. It also details specialist services, how to support people accessing services and lists a number of helpful resources and organisations.

  • 1 Nov 2013

    Standards for the weighing of infants, children and young people in the acute health care setting

    Publication outlining the RCN's position in relation to the weighing of infants, children and young people and includes guidance on preparing them for weighing, timing and frequency of measurement, record keeping and auditing and benchmarking.

  • 23 Oct 2013

    Breaking bad news: Supporting parents when they are told of their child's diagnosis

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance replacing 'supporting parents when they are told of their child's health disorder or disability (1999)' and identifies effective strategies to use when communicating with, or supporting parents and carers, receiving bad news. Signposts practitioners to quality resources that will support them in their practice.

  • 23 Oct 2013

    Menopause: Lifestyle and therapeutic approaches

    Guidance aiming to help nurses gain awareness of all the issues facing women by reviewing what happens to the body during menopause and in the post-menopausal stage, examining the impact of these changes on women, and outlining the options for health after menopause. This publication replaces a previous version.

  • 21 Oct 2013

    Lost in transition

    Publication aimed at health professionals who work with children and young people and includes information on the principles of good practice in arranging transitions, keyworkers' roles in transition, young people's involvement and processes and protocols.

  • 17 Oct 2013

    Breastfeeding in children's wards and departments

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication aims to improve the care of mothers and their babies by providing information which supports breastfeeding in neonatal units, children's wards and departments.

  • 11 Oct 2013

    The nursing team

    Briefing aiming to assist health care assistants (HCAs), APs, registered nurses, colleagues, patients and the public to understand how the team functions and works together.

  • 9 Oct 2013

    Making the case for facilities agreements and facility time

    Guidance setting out rebuttals to the challenges and the benefits of union representatives and facilities agreements. It has been designed to provide representatives with the information required to make the case for facilities agreements and time.

  • 24 Sep 2013

    Safe staffing levels – A national imperative

    Report of 2013 Annual review of the UK nursing labour market commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing. 

  • 11 Sep 2013

    Staff side evidence to the pay review body 2014-15

    Submission of evidence to the Pay Review Body made by the NHS Staff Side. Provides evidence for the Staff Side recommendations to the Review Body for 2014-15 pay scales.

  • 11 Sep 2013

    Annual report and consolidated accounts 2012-13

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2012-13, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. The report reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 9 Sep 2013

    Supporting children's nurses working outside of a designated ward/department

    Updated guidance, designed as a checklist that can be used when considering the support, guidance, management and education framework required for children's nurses working outside of a designated ward/department.

  • 9 Sep 2013

    Protection of nurses working with children and young people

    Updated guidance aiming to raise awareness, among nurses and their managers, of the complex issue surrounding safeguarding in the context of relationships between nurses and children and young people. Although primarily aimed at nurses and the specific professional codes of practice they must adhere to and follow at all times, much of the content is relevant to other members of the health care team, including health care assistants and assistant practitioners.

  • 2 Sep 2013

    The tendering process for NHS services in England

    Publication acting as a short guide for health professionals who are new to the process of tendering for services in the NHS. Explains the processes in each of the key stages and provides tips on what to consider at each stage.

  • 23 Aug 2013

    Caring for young people

    Guidance for nurses who are involved in caring for the needs of young people. Developed by the RCN Adolescent Health Forum.

  • 23 Aug 2013

    Day surgery information

    Paper discussing the discharge procedures for day care patients. Replaces publication 001376.

  • 23 Aug 2013

    Competences

    Updated framework identifying the competences, learning outcomes and the indicative content necessary for education and training programmes to meet the needs of children and young people, and should be used to develop new programmes and review and revise existing ones. The use of intravenous medicines for children and young people is commonplace in both hospital and community settings, and is an important skill for nurses caring for children and young people to develop and maintain.

  • 14 Aug 2013

    Delegating record keeping and countersigning records

    Short guidance aiming to clarify the issues of delegating record keeping and countersigning records for nursing staff and employers.

  • 13 Aug 2013

    Caring for children and young people with atopic eczema

    Guidance highlighting the wealth of information available on managing childhood eczema, signposts resources and outlines some of the practical issues nurses need to address when working with children, young people and their families.

  • 13 Aug 2013

    Defining staffing levels for children's and young people's services

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance and standards applying to all areas in which infants, children and young people receive care, as well as across all types of services and provision commissioned by the NHS including the acute and community, as well as third sector and independent sector providers. The standards are the minimum essential requirements for all providers of services for babies, children and young people.

  • 8 Aug 2013

    RCN retired membership leaflet

    RCN retired membership is for those individuals who have completed a career in nursing and hold expertise in health care.

  • 17 Jul 2013

    Cervical Screening

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated publication aimed at qualified nurses and midwives and describes good practice for taking cervical samples. This publication has been supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

  • 15 Jul 2013

    Response of the Royal College of Nursing to the Francis Report

    Outlines the RCN’s response to many of the 290 recommendations in the seminal report and sets out the work the RCN has already undertaken, and what it believes should be done next, to ensure the failings at Stafford Hospital are never repeated.

  • 15 Jul 2013

    Response of the Royal College of Nursing to the Francis Report

    Document outlines the RCN's response to many of the 290 recommendations in the seminal report and sets out the work the RCN has already undertaken, and what it believes should be done next, to ensure the failings at Stafford Hospital are never repeated.

  • 11 Jul 2013

    Guidance on uniforms and work wear

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Updated guidance setting out information on issues related to the selection, wearing and decontamination of uniforms or clothing worn in the delivery of patient care and is aimed at nurses and their employers.

  • 11 Jul 2013

    Positioning nursing in a digital world

    Survey exploring the knowledge and experiences of nursing staff in relation to current eHealth developments, together with their attitudes to new and emerging uses of technology in health and social care.

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Termination of pregnancy

    Framework aiming to improve health care professionals knowledge base about termination of pregnancy care, promote best practice, empower nurses and health care professionals to develop their roles within termination within this area of care, and to protect the public by identifying relevant legislation and standards of care.

  • 24 Jun 2013

    A background report on nurse staffing in children’s and young people’s health care

    Report providing a review of available literature relating to staffing child health services from across the UK and evidence from discussion with senior children's nurses working across a range of general and specialist services in England.

  • 21 Jun 2013

    Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

    Publication aiming to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities.

  • 21 Jun 2013

    Assessment of toilet training readiness and the issuing of products

    Guidance developed to help manage children with incontinence and delayed toilet training in a structured, practical way.

  • 21 Jun 2013

    The nursing management of patients with venous leg ulcers

    Audit protocol for the management of patients with venous leg ulcers.

  • 6 Jun 2013

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Framework aiming to provide clarity for organisations as to what they can expect from orthopaedic and trauma care practitioners and can also be used as a benchmark for organisations to use in recruitment and selection of practitioners.

  • 1 Jun 2013

    Day surgery information

    Document advising on the information that needs to be provided to the patient, concentrating on the care that the patient will receive on visits to the day surgery. Replaces publication 001375.

  • 1 Jun 2013

    Day surgery information

    Paper discussing the discharge procedures for day care patients. Replaces publication 001436.

  • 14 May 2013

    The management of diarrhoea in adults

    This publication is being reviewed in 2018. Guidance developed with patients and health care workers as a holistic document to recognise and support the management of acute diarrhoea in adult patients, regardless of the care setting. This publication has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone Health Affairs.

  • 10 May 2013

    Mental health nursing of adults with learning disabilities

    Publication highlighting the vulnerability of people with learning disabilities to mental health problems, how they present, and are assessed and treated.

  • 10 May 2013

    Starting injectible treatment in adults with Type 2 diabetes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance intended for nurses new to insulin therapy, and includes an overview of the underlying principles for starting insulin along with practical tips on education, adjustment of doses, and dealing with difficult situations.

  • 8 May 2013

    A history of nursing in the North East and Cumbria

    Retired nurses from across the North East and Cumbria share their memories and experiences of working on the frontline of care, and compiled this testament to local nursing history.

  • 7 May 2013

    LGBT patients or clients

    Publication gives guidance on dealing with next of kin issues, and on promoting sexual equality and working against discrimination.

  • 7 May 2013

    The nursing care of lesbian, gay and bisexual clients

    Guidance aiming to support nursing staff in developing and promoting good practice in this area.

  • 24 Apr 2013

    Better medicines management poster

    Poster is designed to raise awareness of medicines wastage and promote the role both nurses and patients play in reducing waste. This project is supported by MSD.

  • 23 Apr 2013

    Strategic plan 2013-18: Pocket guide

    Strategic plan giving a clear picture of what is important to the RCN and this summarised version provides the main highlights. Sets out how we will seek to make progress over the next five years, from 2013 to 2018.

  • 23 Apr 2013

    Strategic plan 2013-18

    Strategic Plan giving a clear picture of what is important to the RCN and this summarised version provides the main highlights. Sets out how we will seek to make progress over the next five years, from 2013 to 2018.

  • 23 Apr 2013

    Frontline First

    First report following the publication of Robert Francis QC’s findings into the scandal at Stafford Hospital. This new report warns that the UK is heading for a nursing shortage, identifying six ‘warning lights’ that shouldn’t be ignored as they could have serious implications for health services and patients.

  • 23 Apr 2013

    Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups

    Designed to support RCN members engaged in service redesign, this publication will help identify issues and mitigate against risks.

  • 22 Apr 2013

    Better medicines management

    Tips for clinicians on optimising the use of medicines and avoiding wastage. Includes a tool to help clinicians assess their effectiveness in talking to patients about medicines as well as a tear-off guide for patients with tips on how to avoid waste and get the most from their medications.

  • 11 Apr 2013

    District nursing – harnessing the potential

    Publication setting out the RCN's view of current day district nursing and the potential contribution of district nurses in managing demand for health services and enabling effective and efficient care in the community.

  • 10 Apr 2013

    Engaging with the principles of nursing practice

    Short workbook to help nursing students understand the Principles of Nursing Practice (PNP) and support them in ensuring that they are integrated into their practice as it develops.

  • 2 Apr 2013

    Scoping the role of the dementia nurse specialist in acute care

    Report highlighting the significant contribution dementia nurse specialists could make in the acute care setting to deliver benefits for people with dementia and their families/carers.

  • 2 Apr 2013

    Welcome to the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom

    Booklet will introducing RCN's international and policy work.

  • 1 Apr 2013

    Beyond breaking point?

    Survey results examining the factors influencing health, wellbeing and stress, including management and peer support, sickness absence policies, bullying and harassment and occupational health service provision.

  • 1 Apr 2013

    NHS agenda for change pay scales 2013-14

    RCN's pay scales card with clinical grades and Agenda for Change pay bands for the year 2013-2014.

  • 21 Mar 2013

    Supporting learners

    Guide to help learning representatives find the key resources and guidance for some of the main areas of support offered to RCN members.

  • 7 Mar 2013

    An RCN training and education framework for fertility nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Framework developed in consultation with experts (nursing, education, research and sonography) to ensure the vision for fertility nursing in the 21st century can be met across the UK.

  • 23 Jan 2013

    RCN employment survey 2013

    Survey report highlighting heavy workloads, work pressures and decreasing staff levels, as well as concerns over job security and training and CPD. The survey was administered by Income Data Services, on behalf of the RCN, and this report forms part of the RCN s evidence submission to the NHS Pay Review Body.

  • 23 Jan 2013

    RCN employment survey 2013 – Wales

    Report describing the findings for the RCN employment survey for Wales 2013. The survey took place in a time of increased uncertainty and pressures on the nursing workforce. The survey report highlights heavy workloads, work pressures and decreasing staff levels, as well as concerns over job security and training and CPD. The survey was administered by Income Data Services, on behalf of the RCN. For the full report, see RCN Employment survey 2013, publication code 004503.

  • 23 Jan 2013

    Wipe it out

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Provides an overview of the core elements and rationale for infection practice and associated activities and is applicable to all nurses, midwives and health care assistants, regardless of their practice setting.

  • 10 Jan 2013

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication providing up-to-date information about human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and its causative association with cervical cancer, together with information on the latest developments related to the identification and treatment of HPV.

  • 7 Jan 2013

    Perioperative fasting in adults and children

    Publication looking at the management of pre and post-operative fasting in adults and children and provides recommendations for good practice based on the best available evidence of clinical effectiveness. Reference poster is enclosed in the back of the guideline.

  • 1 Jan 2013

    Dementia

    Resource that supports the further implementation of the RCN's five principles for improving the quality of care for people with dementia and enabling the best possible support for their carers.

  • 26 Nov 2012

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Framework supports the delivery of high quality, evidence-based care by nurses and health care support workers involved in the care of children and young people requiring palliative care.

  • 15 Nov 2012

    Management of lower bowel dysfunction, including DRE and DRF

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance on how nurses can positively help patients with bowel disorders and maps out the wide range of skills required for specific aspects of bowel care, while helping to facilitate best practice. This publication is supported by Coloplast and Skills for Health.

  • 15 Nov 2012

    Safe staffing for older people's wards

    Toolkit providing a simple, practical way to explore nursing staff levels on older people's wards, or wards where the large majority of patients are older people, and to determine whether they meet the RCN recommendations for safe care.

  • 13 Nov 2012

    Supporting apprentices in the workplace

    Leaflet providing advice and information for RCN representatives to support apprentices in the workplaces and it identifies areas for concern, such as pay below the legal minimum, poor quality training and pre-employment apprenticeships with no pay. Produced with the Union Learning Fund.

  • 12 Nov 2012

    Competences: Ophthalmic nursing

    Competence framework has been revised and updated by ophthalmic nurses who are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with other colleagues within the specialty. Provides the busy ophthalmic nurse with a structured framework against which they can map their own competences, plus help integrate them into a professional portfolio to show growth and development.

  • 7 Nov 2012

    Overstretched. Under-resourced

    Report highlighting the impact of financial pressures on the current and future NHS nursing workforce. It is submitted to the NHS Pay Body Review as part of the RCN's evidence on pay and conditions in the NHS (004336).

  • 6 Nov 2012

    Spirituality in nursing care

    Guide enabling nursing staff to address questions about the spiritual part of care.

  • 22 Oct 2012

    NHS staff survey on pay and conditions

    Report produced by Income Data Services (IDS) for NHS staff-side unions, including the Royal College of Nursing. Results have been drawn from a survey sent out to members across all of the NHS unions, supplemented by detailed telephone interviews with a cross-section of NHS staff.

  • 22 Oct 2012

    Evidence to the NHS pay review body 2013-14

    Report highlighting the impact of financial pressures on the current and future NHS nursing workforce. It is submitted to the NHS Pay Body Review as part of the RCN's evidence on pay and conditions in the NHS

  • 22 Oct 2012

    Staff side evidence to the NHS pay review body 2013-14

    Highlights the experience of staff working in the NHS, who are dealing with job losses, pay freezes, budget cuts and an increase in unpaid overtime to fill gaps in service provision.

  • 18 Oct 2012

    The role of a link nurse in infection prevention and control (IPC)

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Document describing the development of a role framework and associated competences in this area, based on the contribution of specialist infection control nurses and practising/aspiring LNs.

  • 9 Oct 2012

    Forum annual report 2011-12

    Report highlighting some of the key pieces of work undertaken by RCN forums throughout the year 2011-12, to improve nursing practice, influence policies, and develop and support nursing care.

  • 9 Oct 2012

    A shift in the right direction

    Publication primarily aimed at RCN safety representatives to assist them in their work with employers to protect members and patients from the negative impacts of shift working.

  • 8 Oct 2012

    Annual report and accounts 2011-12

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2011-12, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. The report reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 5 Oct 2012

    Using technology to complement nursing practice

    Range of publications developed to help nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. This publication covers using technology.

  • 5 Oct 2012

    A shift in the right direction

    Publication primarily aimed at RCN safety reps to assist them in their work with employers to protect members and patients from the negative impacts of shift working.

  • 4 Oct 2012

    Safe staffing for older people's wards calculator

    Visual accompaniment to Safe staffing for older people's wards: An RCN toolkit (004301).

  • 3 Oct 2012

    Ward rounds in medicine

    Principles in this statement aim to address the common problems affecting the prominence of ward rounds and provide recommendations. 

  • 2 Oct 2012

    Views from advanced and specialist nurses on national, regional and local nursing measures

    Document reporting on the results of a survey undertaken in October 2011, exploring the advanced and specialist nurse views of current national, regional and local nursing measures.

  • 2 Oct 2012

    Patient outcomes of specialist nursing services

    Report describing the implementation of Phase 1 of a quality improvement project to develop a range of measures to assess the quality of specialist nursing services.

  • 26 Sep 2012

    Learning agreements

    Learning agreement, supported by RCN learning representatives and a committee, offers your organisation facilitated access to all the resources and opportunities that the RCN offers its members.

  • 26 Sep 2012

    Learning agreements – The benefits for employers in the NHS

    Templates forming the basis for negotiation and the development of your unique action plan.

  • 26 Sep 2012

    Learning agreements

    Guide offers practical and detailed information on how to formulate a learning agreement that is specific to the needs of an organisation. Supported by the Union Learning Fund in England.

  • 17 Sep 2012

    Safe staffing for older people

    Report builds on the existing RCN guidance and the series of recommendations published earlier this year to address issues such as diluted skill-mix on older people's wards.

  • 7 Sep 2012

    Core competences for imaging nursing

    Core competences for imaging nursing, supported by Cook Medical, has been developed as a framework for imaging nurses in clinical practice.

  • 7 Sep 2012

    South West pay cartel

    Analysis of official workforce statistics, key indicators of health needs and our own data from the Frontline First campaign in the South West.

  • 5 Sep 2012

    The assistant practitioner role in children and young people's services

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication examining the background and development of the assistant practitioner role in children and young people's services and looks at key policy issues as well as detailing recommendations for future development and implementation.

  • 5 Sep 2012

    Travel health nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance providing information on current guidelines and standards of care of travellers. It builds on the original 2007 publication Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for nurses working in travel health medicine and defines the standards of care expected for a competent nurse, experienced/proficient nurse and a senior practitioner/expert nurse working in travel health nursing.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    Making nursing visible

    Publication aiming to raise awareness of electronic patient records (EPRs) and the structured information needed to make them effective.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    eHealth

    Booklet aimed at nursing staff that come into contact with patient/client records. Reflects on RCN's position on the use of abbreviations and other short forms in patient/client records, and includes specific guidance on electronic records.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    Commissioning for equality

    Guide to commissioning for equality analyses how we assess people's needs and introduce services to meet these needs. Considers how to achieve equality through knowledge, timeliness, consideration and review.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    eHealth

    Booklet aimed at nursing staff that come into contact with patient/client records. Reflects on RCN's position on the use of abbreviations and other short forms in patient/client records, and includes specific guidance on electronic records.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    eHealth

    Booklet providing an introduction to eHealth for nursing staff. Describes key concepts associated with eHealth, including the electronic patient record.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    Competences

    Framework aiming to establish explicit, nationally-agreed role profiles for children's dermatology specialist nursing roles.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    eHealth

    Booklet produced to help nursing staff, working in any sector within or outside the UK, to assess the safety and effectiveness of systems that have been or will be introduced into clinical practice.

  • 22 Aug 2012

    eHealth

    Literature review considering the existing evidence about the benefits of trade union recognition in the workplace, specifically focusing on the independent sector in the UK.

  • 12 Jul 2012

    Tools of the trade

    Guidance focusing on contact dermatitis, the main work-related skin condition affecting health professionals hands, glove use, infection prevention and control practice as well as the importance of considering glove use. Full version.

  • 3 Jul 2012

    Competences

    Competences aiming to support practitioners in career planning and personal development, inform future pay negotiations and support managers in workforce planning and development of role descriptors.

  • 13 Jun 2012

    eHealth position statement

    Document looking at what eHealth is, recording usage using electronic means, examples of benefits, and gives examples of eHealth from around the UK.

  • 31 May 2012

    Developing and using websites

    Range of publications developed to help nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. This publication covers websites.

  • 21 May 2012

    Tools of the trade

    Guidance focusing on contact dermatitis, the main work-related skin condition affecting health professionals hands, glove use, infection prevention and control practice as well as the importance of considering glove use. Short reference guide.

  • 17 May 2012

    Human rights and nursing

    Document sets out the RCN's position on nursing, health and human rights and also provides the legal and ethical background to the position.

  • 17 May 2012

    Catheter care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. 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.

  • 11 May 2012

    This is nursing

    Report, in celebration of International Nurses' Day 2012, shines a light on the incredible contribution made by nurses and health care assistants in the North East and Cumbria.

  • 10 May 2012

    Using telehealth to monitor patients remotely

    Range of publications developed to help nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. This publication covers telehealth monitoring.

  • 10 May 2012

    Using text messaging services

    Range of publications developed to help nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. This publication covers text messaging.

  • 10 May 2012

    Using telephone advice for patients with long-term conditions

    Range of publications developed to help nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. This publication covers telephone advice lines.

  • 2 May 2012

    Council's report to members

    Report detailing the work that has been completed over the last year on Congress 2011's agenda items.

  • 1 May 2012

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Revised publication divided into three main sections and includes a definition of the ANP role, the RCN's revised domains and competencies for ANPs in the UK, and the standards which collaborating higher education institutions must meet for their ANP educational programmes to receive RCN accreditation.

  • 17 Apr 2012

    NHS Agenda for Change pay scales 2012-13

    RCN's pay scales card with clinical grades and Agenda for Change pay bands for the forthcoming year (2012-13).

  • 13 Apr 2012

    Becoming and being a nurse consultant

    Study demonstrating how nurse consultants achieved real change, and answers the all important question: how did they do it?

  • 12 Apr 2012

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

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. RCN position statement aiming to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency contraception to students in education settings. Highlights the importance of appropriate training, experience and working together with education providers and looks at the laws around providing emergency contraception to under 16s and the duty of confidentiality.

  • 3 Apr 2012

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication presenting a detailed explanation of six areas of competence that are specific to the nursing care of children and young people.

  • 26 Mar 2012

    Safe staffing for older people’s wards

    Publication bringing together findings from the RCN's forthcoming report on safe staffing for older people's wards. Builds existing RCN guidance and lays out a series of recommendations to address issues such as diluted skill-mix on older people's wards.

  • 20 Mar 2012

    Persistent challenges to providing quality care

    Report addressing the worrying trends related to the quality of care in care homes.

  • 20 Mar 2012

    Tuberculosis case management and cohort review

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Complements existing guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, provides a clear and concise reference manual for frontline workers engaged in TB control. Aims to promote standardisation of protocols and procedures, ensure accountability for delivery and establish clear performance measures through cohort review.

  • 13 Mar 2012

    RCN reps IT survey 2010-11

    Survey exploring RCN representatives' experience of using ICT.

  • 7 Mar 2012

    Competences

    Competences aiming to support practitioners in career planning and personal development, inform future pay negotiations and support managers in workforce planning and development of role descriptors.

  • 2 Mar 2012

    The fragile frontline

    Report describes the results for Wales from the 2011 employment survey of a sample of RCN members. For the full UK report, see views from the frontline, publication 004184.

  • 2 Mar 2012

    Views from the frontline

    Report describing the results for Scotland from the 2011 employment survey of a sample of RCN members. For the full UK report, see views from the frontline, publication 004184.

  • 16 Feb 2012

    The RCN's UK position on school nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication detailing the RCN's position for school nursing across the UK and provides details on the context for reform throughout all four nations.

  • 16 Feb 2012

    Inflammatory bowel disease nursing

    Report providing the results of the first national audit of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nursing roles, based on the RCN's 2007 roles descriptives for IBD nurse specialists publication.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    The RCN: Working with you to support your business

    Providing education, training, professional leadership and employment relations advice and support to our members and health and social care employers.

  • 26 Jan 2012

    Nursing dashboards

    Report summarising key messages from the nursing dashboard summit held by the RCN on 3 June 2011.

  • 16 Jan 2012

    Putting quality into the Care Quality Commission

    Report details the findings from a recent survey of more than 5,000 RCN members around the health care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

  • 13 Jan 2012

    Annual report and consolidated accounts 2010-11

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2010-11, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. The report reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 5 Jan 2012

    Lone worker survey 2011

    Survey results to inform future RCN action and policy developments around improving lone worker safety.

  • 22 Dec 2011

    Immigration advice service leaflet

    Information on where to get advice about immigration and work permit matters for nurses.

  • 22 Dec 2011

    Nutrition Now

    Booklet summarising the outcomes of the Nutrition Now campaign and provides information on implementing sustainable changes to enhance people's experience of food and hydration in health and social care.

  • 3 Dec 2011

    In-flight medicines

    Guidance for flight nurses to outlining, the classes and categories of medicines, the practice and legal issues around drug administration.

  • 2 Dec 2011

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Competence framework for nurses in the UK involved in the long-term follow-up care of children and young people after cancer.

  • 25 Nov 2011

    Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice

    Guidance to help nurse leaders and our members make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Community nursing

    Publication highlighting the excellent work carried out by community nurses 52 weeks a year and seven days a week so that they have a chance of acquiring a similar profile to those nurses who do equally important, but different work in hospitals.

  • 20 Nov 2011

    Frontline First

    Update from November 2011 contains the latest figures and outlines the RCN's chief concerns.

  • 8 Nov 2011

    RCN representatives statement of expectations

    Publication supporting the development of representative role and practice.

  • 8 Nov 2011

    Occupational health nursing

    Provides signposts to a scope of practice at key points in career development and progression, the framework is a guide to occupational health nurses and their employers for decisions on practice competency; personal and professional development; and career and pay progression.

  • 8 Nov 2011

    Guidance on pin site care

    Publication produced as a result of the project and offers guidance for the practice of pin site care based on expert opinion.

  • 8 Nov 2011

    Roles and responsibilities of occupational health support workers

    Document providing best practice guidance on the roles and responsibilities for occupational health support workers.

  • 1 Nov 2011

    Making our voice heard

    RCN Scotland is the voice of nursing. We represent nurses, nursing students and health care support workers. We promote excellence in practice and influence Scottish Government policies.

  • 1 Nov 2011

    Competences

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication giving nurses the support they need to achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a high standard of care.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    Learning agreements for RCN branches and activists

    Leaflet outlining the RCN union learning fund project and how learning agreements can benefit our members.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    A decisive decade

    Publication primarily aimed at RCN safety representatives to assist them in their work with employers to protect members and patients from the negative impacts of shift working.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    I am at the heart of health care

    Comic book stories about the daily work of HCAs show how HCAs make a difference.

  • 3 Oct 2011

    Views from the frontline

    RCN's pay scales card with clinical grades and Agenda for Change pay bands for the forthcoming year (2012-13).

  • 30 Sep 2011

    RCN response to the Open Public Services White Paper

    Document forming the RCN's response to the Government's Open Public Services White Paper.

  • 21 Sep 2011

    Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

    Pocket guide giving background information on the commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals, lists the principles in full and includes references for further information.

  • 21 Sep 2011

    Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

    Poster listing the principles included in the commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals.

  • 20 Sep 2011

    Commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

    Checklist listing the principles included in the commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals in full, and can be used to identify achievements and areas for further development.

  • 7 Sep 2011

    RCN representatives' statement of expectations

    The purpose of the RCN’s Representatives’ statement of expectations is to outline our commitment to you once you are elected and accredited as an RCN representative.

  • 16 Aug 2011

    RCN Career Service

    Leaflet compiled by the RCN Career Service to provide information and advice for producing that killer CV and application form. Covers format, style and language, and includes a sample CV and supporting information.

  • 10 Aug 2011

    Older people in care homes: Sex, sexuality and intimate relationships

    Guidance developed to help nurses and care staff work effectively with issues of sexuality, intimate relationships and sex, particularly for older people living in care homes.

  • 10 Aug 2011

    The principles of nursing practice poster

    A3 poster shows the full Principles, and can be displayed for patients, carers and nursing staff. This is for Scotland.

  • 10 Aug 2011

    The principles of nursing practice card

    Card gives the background information on what the Nursing Principles are, why we need them, how they were put together, who put them together and what they can be used for.

  • 4 Aug 2011

    NHS agenda for change

    RCN's pay scales card with clinical grades and Agenda for Change pay bands for the forthcoming year (2011-12).

  • 21 Jul 2011

    Transferring children to and from theatre

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication aiming to support health care staff to develop locally agreed guidelines for the assessment and management of children and young people being transferred between hospital departments, ensuring they are safely transferred to and from theatre.

  • 20 Jul 2011

    The RCN's UK position on health visiting in the early years

    Position statement building on – Pillars of the community: 

  • 19 Jul 2011

    Who will care?

    Guidance providing information for RCN representatives and officers to help them influence health and social care employers to apply good practice in the effective management of the older nursing workforce.

  • 19 Jul 2011

    Who will care?

    Guidance providing information for RCN representatives and officers to help them influence health and social care employers to apply good practice in the effective management of the older nursing workforce.

  • 19 Jul 2011

    Lone working

    Publication giving RCN representatives guidance on lone working

  • 18 Jul 2011

    A decisive decade: Mapping the future NHS workforce

    Interim report taken from the forthcoming Royal College of Nursing Labour Market Review (LMR) 2011. Looks at the challenges facing nursing and the nursing workforce across the UK in 2011 which we believe are the greatest for a generation.

  • 5 Jul 2011

    Informed consent in health and social care research

    Publication including information on the concept of informed consent for research, informed consent in special circumstances, obtaining consent from vulnerable groups and the responsibilities of those involved in undertaking research. It also incorporates a number of amendments and additions that reflect significant changes in both UK law and ethical review processes.

  • 24 Jun 2011

    eHealth

    2010 eHealth survey commissioned by the RCN to explore knowledge and understanding of eHealth among nursing staff.

  • 24 Jun 2011

    Spirituality survey 2010

    Report on members’ views on spirituality and spiritual care in nursing practice.

  • 8 Jun 2011

    Research ethics

    Guidance providing an introduction to these as well as signposting the reader to further resources as needed.

  • 6 Jun 2011

    The RCN complaints procedure

    Publication explaining the complaints procedure including how to complain, who can complain and the processes and timescales involved.

  • 27 May 2011

    The selection and use of disinfectant wipes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Technical guidance document aiming to support informed decision making on current knowledge and standards on the selection and use of wipes.

  • 6 May 2011

    Assistant practitioner scoping project

    Scoping project reviewing up-to-date information relating to the development of assistant practitioners (APs) and maps the current UK wide support workforce.

  • 5 May 2011

    RCN Foundation

    Leaflet showing how the Foundation does this through benevolent funding and its bursary scheme and includes case studies from people that have been helped.

  • 28 Apr 2011

    Linking together

    Guide explaining the committees and groups roles and how they work together to ensure the RCN is run properly for members and meets its objectives.

  • 28 Apr 2011

    Future congress

    Report presented at Congress 2011. Shows the results of the consultation and how RCN Council will take forward the work.

  • 28 Apr 2011

    Guidance on safe nurse staffing levels in the UK

    Report setting out the range of different factors that influence the total demand for staff and highlights the variety of methods for planning or reviewing staffing levels.

  • 28 Apr 2011

    Professional activity at the RCN

    Leaflet explaining how forums fit into the governance structure of the RCN and how they work in that structure.

  • 28 Apr 2011

    RCN policy position

    Paper discussing staffing levels and outlines the Royal College of Nursing's position on evidence-based nurse staffing levels.

  • 12 Apr 2011

    Report of Congress 2010

    Report of Congress 2010 from the forty-third meeting of RCN Congress. Held on 25 to 29 April 2010 at Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

  • 6 Apr 2011

    Background briefing on the RCNs position on industrial action

    Briefing detailing the background of the RCN's position on industrial action.

  • 6 Apr 2011

    Freedom of information report on waste management

    Report presenting the findings of a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) survey on waste management in the NHS, conducted by the RCN in November 2010.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    Public Health White Paper 'Healthy lives, healthy people: Our strategy for public health in England'

    Response to the Public Health White Paper executive summary. Full response is also available publication 004110.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    Public Health White Paper

    Full response to the Public Health White Paper including an executive summary, responses to individual chapters and specific consultations questions within the white paper and the results of the consultation survey carried out by the RCN.

  • 26 Jan 2011

    Commissioning health services

    Publication covering what commissioning is, who leads commissioning and where it takes place, as well as detailing six keys to help activists and nurses in unlocking and understanding the commissioning process.

  • 21 Jan 2011

    The principles of nursing practice

    Summary of example measures is primarily designed for nurse leaders for the purpose of helping them to strengthen or complement the measures they may already be using in relation to the Principles of Nursing Practice, as a way of improving the quality of care or for influencing the content of local audits and the content of the electronic heath record.

  • 19 Jan 2011

    Competences

    Competences intended to support the individual and the nursing team's thinking about the information required to inform activities of varying complexity and are intended for use by staff in NHS career bands 1-9.

  • 29 Nov 2010

    Standards for contingency management and delivery of critical care in a post anaesthesia care unit (PACU)

    Standards designed to inform the development of an organisation-wide operational policy for the management of patient care and to help provide a clear and unambiguous framework for decision making. Intended to apply to the care of critically ill adults only.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    The principles of nursing practice card

    A6 card gives the background information on what the Nursing Principles are, why we need them, how they were put together, who put them together and what they can be used for.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    The principles of nursing practice

    A3 poster shows the full Principles, and can be displayed for patients, carers and nursing staff.

  • 12 Nov 2010

    Frontline First Interim report

    Interim report providing a snapshot of the state of the NHS in October 2010 and the challenges that lie ahead.

  • 11 Nov 2010

    Sustaining the long view

    Annual overview of the UK nursing labour market, considers the recessionary impact on the UK nursing labour market and current approaches to determining nurse workforce policy and planning.

  • 9 Sep 2010

    Annual report and consolidated accounts 2009-10

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year 2009-10, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. The report reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 1 Sep 2010

    Working with humanitarian organisations

    Publication providing advice for health care professionals contemplating working either as an aid volunteer in an emergency situation or helping in ongoing development work.

  • 1 Sep 2010

    Tuppence for the doctor, penny for the nurse

    Publication using extracts from interviews and the RCN Archives photographic collection to bring to life the experiences of nurses working in the community throughout the 20th century.

  • 31 Aug 2010

    Trade union recognition and the independent health care sector

    Literature review considering the existing evidence about the benefits of trade union recognition in the workplace, specifically focusing on the independent sector in the UK.

  • 26 Aug 2010

    Pillars of the community

    RCN's position on the development of the registered nursing workforce in the community.

  • 10 Jun 2010

    Maximising nursing skills in caring for children in emergency departments

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Provides guidance on competence development for staff in a variety of ways including practical experience, work shadowing and peer review opportunities, as well as detailing recommendations for setting competence levels.

  • 5 Jun 2010

    Restrictive physical intervention and therapeutic holding for children and young people

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance including principles and key references which will help nurses develop policies, practices and educational programmes in their workplace, in conjunction with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

  • 13 May 2010

    Competences

    Publication providing comprehensive information for in-flight nurses throughout the UK.

  • 12 May 2010

    A Dignity Charter for RCN members

    Charter setting out the rights and responsibilities of all RCN members in relation to their interaction with each other and with RCN staff.

  • 6 May 2010

    Clinical nurse specialists

    Report showing the findings of a study by the RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum, which recorded and analysed the work of rheumatology nurse specialists.

  • 13 Apr 2010

    The RCN Congress 2010 Fringe Guide

    Guide to professional, social and educational events at RCN Congress 2010.

  • 15 Mar 2010

    Practice nurses in 2009

    Report providing a summary of employment related statistics as they pertain to practice nurses, comparing results for this group with all nurses using the 2009 employment survey and where possible, with those for 2003 the last year when the sample size was large enough to allow reliable analysis of the practice nurse sub-group.

  • 8 Mar 2010

    Vetting and barring scheme and independent safeguarding authority

    Briefing about the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

  • 23 Feb 2010

    Specialist nurses

    Publication detailing a number of first hand case studies from specialist nurses and their patients alongside key recommendations the RCN has identified to enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver.

  • 15 Dec 2009

    Infertility provision in England

    Policy briefing looking at the provision of infertility treatment in England. Highlights the key role that specialist nurses play in IVF, as they care for and inform the patient during what can be a highly emotional and stressful treatment.

  • 7 Dec 2009

    Nurses employment and morale

    Report describing the findings for Northern Ireland from the 22nd RCN employment survey of a sample of RCN members.

  • 26 Nov 2009

    A history of the Royal College of Nursing 1916-1990

    Book providing a new understanding of why and how nursing changed so radically in the twentieth century.

  • 12 Nov 2009

    Nursing our future

    Survey results aiming to uncover the realities of being a nursing student in Wales.

  • 11 Nov 2009

    Nursing and the economic downturn

    Summary of the roundtable discussion on Nursing and the economic downturn which was held on 25 August 2009 at RCN headquarters in London.

  • 6 Nov 2009

    Nurses employment and morale

    Report describing the findings for Wales from the 22nd RCN employment survey of a sample of RCN members.

  • 30 Oct 2009

    Nurses employment and morale

    Report describing the findings for Scotland from the 22nd RCN employment survey of a sample of RCN members.

  • 23 Oct 2009

    Rheumatology nursing

    Publication providing a snapshot of rheumatology nursing services in the UK and identifies the scope and breadth of nursing activity, while enabling nurses to compare their skills and competences against other specialists in their field of practice.

  • 16 Oct 2009

    Past imperfect, future tense

    Report describing the findings from the 22nd RCN employment survey of a sample of RCN members.

  • 16 Oct 2009

    Integrated core career and competence framework for registered nurses

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Framework bringing together the core and specific dimensions of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) that are relevant to nursing.

  • 16 Oct 2009

    Difficult times, difficult choices

    Report considering current approaches to workforce planning; reviews recent trends in the nursing workforce and identifies key drivers for change.

  • 14 Oct 2009

    School nursing in 2009

    Survey results quantifying the breadth and depth of the role, highlighting the wide range of activities undertaken and placing the school nurse at the centre of liaisons with numerous agencies and other professionals working with young people.

  • 8 Oct 2009

    Work-related stress

    Guidance detailing how RCN safety representatives can get involved in each stage of the risk assessment process, with a number of case studies highlighting how representatives have implemented the HSE standards in their own workplaces.

  • 6 Oct 2009

    Dealing with a drop in income

    Publication designed to assist people going through such uncertainty and provides advice on the steps that can be taken to alleviate some of the problems that may arise from an unexpected drop in income.

  • 30 Sep 2009

    Submission to the Prime Minister's Commission on Nursing and Midwifery

    Paper submitted for the Prime Minister's Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery.

  • 30 Sep 2009

    Clinical nurse specialists

    Publication looking at elements of the invaluable role of the stoma nurse specialist, including education, management, consultancy and research.

  • 29 Sep 2009

    Annual report and accounts 2008-09

    Annual report of the RCN for 2008-09. The report reviews the year's events. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 18 Sep 2009

    Children's services

    Report highlighting key findings from a survey of 290 organisation which provide acute services for children.

  • 17 Sep 2009

    The Knowledge and Skills Framework and appraisal guidance for members and employers outside of the NHS

    Framework brings together the core and specific dimensions of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) that are relevant to nursing.

  • 9 Sep 2009

    The recognition and assessment of acute pain in children

    Guidance on how to measure, assess and appropriately respond to acute pain in children and help practitioners to select the right measurement tools to use in different situations.

  • 13 Aug 2009

    Dignity

    Pocket guide containing the RCN definition of dignity and quick and simple ideas to get you thinking about how dignity relates to places, people and processes.

  • 8 May 2009

    Measuring for quality in health and social care

    Document setting out the RCN's position in relation to quality and its measurement, and outlining the RCN's input on the issue.

  • 17 Mar 2009

    NHS agenda for change pay scales 2010-11

    Flyer showing nurses' pay clinical grades and Agenda for Change pay bands for 2010-11.

  • 26 Feb 2009

    Breaking down barriers, driving up standards

    Report highlighting work that urgently needs to done to strengthen and support the role for the delivery of high-quality nursing.

  • 19 Feb 2009

    Needlestick injuries

    Publication calling for a legislative solution to this ongoing problem of needlestick injuries.

  • 7 Jan 2009

    Dignity

    Support material to accompany dignity workshops, for use with delivering dignified care: a practice support pack for workshop facilitators.

  • 22 Dec 2008

    Needlestick injury in 2008

    Survey results presenting an overview of needlestick injury before exploring in greater detail nurses experience of injury.

  • 17 Dec 2008

    A joint statement on continuing professional development for health and social care practitioners

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Statement making clear that continual professional development is fundamental to the development of all health and social care practitioners, and to the enhancement of quality patient care and calls for: six days per year should be the minimum time granted by employers to facilitate CPD.

  • 12 Dec 2008

    An incomplete plan

    Report considering approaches to workforce planning; reviews trends in the nursing workforce and identifies key drivers for change; reports on the next generation of nurses and concludes by identifying the two critical challenges which face NHS nursing.

  • 5 Dec 2008

    Graft versus host disease

    Booklet aiming to give parents and children undergoing stem cell transplantation a clear understanding of graft versus host disease, its implications and possible treatments.

  • 26 Nov 2008

    Nursing our future

    Survey report aiming to uncover the realities of being a nursing student in the UK. Over 4,500 nursing students across the UK responded, sharing their knowledge, concerns and experiences.

  • 20 Nov 2008

    Irritable bowel syndrome in adults

    Guideline aiming to identify diagnostic criteria for people presenting with symptoms suggestive of IBS and to ensure that primary care clinicians and people who may have IBS have a reference tool that is both sensitive and specific, with high predictive value of the syndrome.

  • 20 Nov 2008

    Management of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia in adults

    Guideline aiming to indicate the optimal clinical and cost-effective management of adult surgical patients in both preventing and managing inadvertent perioperative hypothermia.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts issues in an acute NHS hospital.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts manual handling in theatres and staff security.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts risk assessment and other issues in a nursing home.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts dealing with stress in a primary care trust.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts staffing levels and other issues in a large NHS trust.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts work-related stress and sickness absence.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts staffing levels and stress at a walk-in centre.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts infection control and other issues in an acute trust.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts issues regarding health and safety in accident and emergency care.

  • 23 Oct 2008

    Work-related violence

    Guidance detailing how RCN safety representatives can get involved in each stage of the risk assessment process, with a number of case studies highlighting how representatives have implemented the HSE standards in their own workplaces.

  • 15 Oct 2008

    RCN principles to inform decision making

    Document outlining the four main principles – quality, equality, accountability and partnership. Serves to highlight the features which we believe are fundamental to the evolving role of nurses and nursing care in a modern health and social care system.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Support material to accompany dignity workshops, for use with delivering dignified care: a practice support pack for workshop facilitators.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Information poster promoting dignity. For notice boards in any care setting.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Accompanying support material for dignity workshops for use with Delivering dignified care: A practice support pack for workshop facilitators.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Support material to accompany dignity workshops, for use with delivering dignified care: a practice support pack for workshop facilitators.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Publication accompanying our dignity campaign.

  • 13 Oct 2008

    Dignity

    Information poster promoting dignity. For notice boards in any care setting.

  • 2 Sep 2008

    Annual report and accounts 2007-08

    Annual report of the RCN for 2007-08. The report reviews the year's events including our internal modernisation, major campaigns and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 30 Aug 2008

    Temporary Working

    Survey results examining the experiences and views of bank and agency nurses using an entirely online approach to the research.

  • 25 Jun 2008

    Dignity: A&E poster

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. A3 English poster designed to be displayed prominently in the waiting rooms of emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres.

  • 25 Jun 2008

    Dignity: A&E poster

    A3 Welsh poster designed to be displayed prominently in the waiting rooms of emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres.

  • 25 Jun 2008

    Defending dignity

    Report based on an RCN membership survey of more than more than 2,000 nurses, students and health care assistants. Includes recommendations for action from government, organisations and individuals.

  • 30 May 2008

    The work-life experiences of black nurses in the UK

    Research providing illustrative examples of the work-life experiences of black nurses in the UK and also encouraging a discussion about how we could be involved in helping to improve the working lives of our black members.

  • 29 Apr 2008

    Adolescence

    Survey report into how nurses support young people across all health care settings, provides an insight into how health care professionals work with young people.

  • 27 Apr 2008

    Forward together

    Strategic Plan giving a clear picture of what is important to us. Summarised version providing the main highlights.

  • 27 Apr 2008

    Forward together

    Strategic Plan giving a clear picture of what is important to us. Plan mapping out goals, and keeps short and medium term activities on track.

  • 7 Apr 2008

    International work for nursing and nurses wallet card

    Wallet card for nurses who plan to work abroad, come to work in the UK or want to keep abreast of EU and international health developments.

  • 20 Mar 2008

    Clinical imaging requests from non-medically qualified professionals

    Updated edition providing advice and good practice recommendations for employers and health care professionals involved in clinical imaging processes, regarding requests from non-medically qualified referrers including nurses and allied health care professionals.

  • 20 Feb 2008

    Occupational Health Forum Newsletter

    Newsletter including updates from the forum chair, news on the NICE guidance for the workplace, and a report on the 2007 SOHN/SOM conference in Cardiff.

  • 3 Jan 2008

    The management of patients with venous leg ulcers

    Report providing a reference for health professionals requiring information about current recommendations on the assessment and management of leg ulcers. Please note that this is a scanned copy. The original is available in the RCN library.

  • 2 Jan 2008

    A framework for developing practice in paediatric oncology nursing

    Document providing information for developing paediatric oncology nurses. Outlining some of the defining characteristics of paediatric oncology and developments in professional practice.

  • 21 Dec 2007

    Information for nursing students

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication preparing final year nursing and midwifery student intending to work in the NHS after graduation.

  • 19 Dec 2007

    Caring in partnership

    Publication emphasizing the importance we place on promoting nurses' contribution to meeting the needs of older people and ensuring their health and wellbeing, and reviews the progress of work surrounding our Nursing Older People Strategy.

  • 11 Dec 2007

    RCN employment survey 2007

    Report providing a summary of the main statistics produced in the full 2007 Employment Survey by employment sector, to allow some comparison between the non-NHS and NHS sectors. For full UK report see publication 003181.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    Holding on

    Report providing a summary of the Northern Ireland statistics produced in the full 2007 Employment Survey by employment sector, to allow some comparison between the non-NHS and NHS sectors. For full UK report see publication 003181.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    Violence

    Guideline detailing the clinical practice on the short-term management of disturbed/violent behaviour in in-patient psychiatric settings and emergency departments.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    The use of pressure-relieving devices (beds, mattresses and overlays) for the prevention of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care

    Guideline detailing the clinical practice on the use of pressure-relieving devices for the prevention of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care.

  • 2 Nov 2007

    Clinical practice guideline for the assessment and prevention of falls in older people

    Guideline detailing the clinical practice on assessment and prevention of falls in older people.

  • 25 Oct 2007

    Roles descriptives for inflammatory bowel disease nurse specialists

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Report providing the results of the first national audit of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nursing roles.

  • 22 Oct 2007

    Nurses' business

    Guidance to help you understand how funding flows around, in and out of the NHS, and what role nurses can play in explaining what happens in between and how nurses can influence service redesign.

  • 2 Oct 2007

    Services for children and young people

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication presenting role framework specifying the core and additional competencies required for the nursing roles which deliver modern health services to children and young people.

  • 13 Sep 2007

    Annual report and accounts 2006-07

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year, 2006-07, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 28 Aug 2007

    Holding on

    Report providing a summary of the Wales statistics produced in the full 2007 Employment Survey by employment sector, to allow some comparison between the non-NHS and NHS sectors. For full UK report see publication 003181.

  • 28 Aug 2007

    Holding on

    Report providing a summary of the Scotland statistics produced in the full 2007 Employment Survey by employment sector, to allow some comparison between the non-NHS and NHS sectors. For full UK report see publication 003181.

  • 20 Aug 2007

    Occupational Health Forum Newsletter

    Occupational health newsletter including a round up of regional and local groups.

  • 9 Aug 2007

    Holding On

    Full report providing a summary of the Northern Ireland statistics produced in the full 2007 Employment Survey by employment sector, to allow some comparison between the non-NHS and NHS sectors.

  • 7 Aug 2007

    Impact of Agenda for Change

    Research into the views of RCN members on the implementation and impact of Agenda for Change was undertaken by the independent researchers Employment Research Ltd.

  • 26 Jun 2007

    You're not alone

    Leaflet highlighting survey results. For full results see publication 003167.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    NHS black and minority ethnic leadership forum report 2003-06

    Report setting out the main achievements of the national NHS Black and Minority Ethnic Leadership Forum over the past four years.

  • 24 May 2007

    Nurses as partners in delivering public health

    Publication highlighting how nurses can strengthen their positions so that they can better influence the health of communities. Contains a number of examples of innovative work already taking place.

  • 16 May 2007

    Lone worker survey 2007

    Publication detailing full results of Lone Working Survey.

  • 12 Apr 2007

    Industrial action

    Brief guidance summary of the arrangements within the RCN for approval and authorisation of industrial action.

  • 12 Mar 2007

    Black and minority ethnic and internationally recruited nurses

    Publication presenting the comparative results of two previous surveys and reveals some interesting statistics around pay and grading; working hours, professional development, careers in an equal opportunity context, professional development, ethnicity and working well, and ethnicity and feeling valued.

  • 8 Mar 2007

    Continence care in care homes

    Care framework providing key questions and suggestions where residents of a care home may have continence problems.

  • 6 Mar 2007

    Getting started

    Guides aimed at anyone who works in a team and who wishes to improve the way the team operates. Contains practical, useful and thought-provoking ideas to increase team effectiveness and initiate change.

  • 6 Mar 2007

    The impact and effectiveness of inter-professional education in primary care

    In-depth review of literature published between 2000 and 2006 on the subject of inter-professional education.

  • 2 Mar 2007

    Disability equality scheme

    Document outlining how the Royal College of Nursing intends to meet the requirements of the disability equality duty under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. The RCN has voluntarily placed itself under the obligations created by the act in order to champion disability equality in all areas of its day to day and strategic work.

  • 10 Feb 2007

    Clinical standards for working in a breast specialty

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guideline detailing the clinical practice on working in a breast speciality.

  • 26 Jan 2007

    Acute health care provision

    Report highlighting the key findings from a survey of 200 organisations. The organisations provide acute services for children, mainly between 0-16 years, either on an in-patient, day case, ambulatory or outpatient basis.

  • 6 Dec 2006

    Two years on: Caring in partnership

    Booklet detailing the progress made during 2005-06 in promoting the contribution nurses can make to meeting the needs of older people and ensuring their health and wellbeing, as well as identifying the actions to be taken in 2006-07.

  • 27 Sep 2006

    The Clinical Teams Project

    Full report of the Clinical Teams Programme reviewing outcome data in detail and providing recommendations and conclusions relating to the implementation of action-orientated change programmes.

  • 26 Sep 2006

    Developing effective teams: Developing effective services

    Document summarises the key outcomes of the Clinical Teams Programme. For full report see publication 003068.

  • 25 Sep 2006

    From boom to bust

    Major annual review of the labour market in the UK, setting the context for the current pay round for nurses.

  • 7 Sep 2006

    Annual report and accounts 2005-06

    Annual report highlighting key areas and achievements in the RCN's work during the financial year, 2005-06, and focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients. Includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.

  • 3 Aug 2006

    Chaperoning

    Leaflet outlining the role of the nurse and the principles of good practice. Produced following resolution at RCN Congress 2000.

  • 26 Jul 2006

    Nurses and NHS IT developments

    Survey results investigating the views of UK nurses about NHS IT developments.

  • 24 Jul 2006

    Valuing and recognising the talents of a diverse healthcare workforce

    Report detailing the findings from a research study looking at equal opportunities for overseas-trained nurses and other health care professionals.

  • 12 Jul 2006

    Developing integrated health and social care services for long-term conditions

    Document detailing proceedings from a symposium held at the RCN to examine the interface between specialist nurses and community matrons. It outlines how all nurses need to work together collaboratively for the benefit of patients with LTC.

  • 5 Jul 2006

    Patient group directions

    Booklet explaining what a patient group direction is and offers guidance and information on their use. Replaces all previous RCN information concerning the supply and administration of medicines under group protocol arrangements.

  • 3 Jul 2006

    Discussing and preparing evidence at your first personal development review

    Guidance explaining how to shape a portfolio of evidence in order to document practice and professional development, and to help staff and managers identify learning and development needs.

  • 6 Apr 2006

    Getting it right for children and young people

    Leaflet providing guidance on how to make your practice more teenage friendly so as to encourage teenagers to seek advice on sexual health as well as other issues.

  • 5 Apr 2006

    World's apart? The UK and international nurses

    Interim report following on from the 'Past Trends, future imperfect?' Labour Market Review 2004-05.

  • 20 Mar 2006

    Patients undergoing vascular intervention

    Guidance aiming is to facilitate consistency throughout radiology departments and to provide a base upon which radiology nurses can organise and develop their own services and departments.

  • 6 Mar 2006

    Counselling for staff in health service settings

    Publication aiming to help health service employers and managers have a more informed view of how to provide staff counselling services and the resources that are needed.

  • 22 Feb 2006

    At breaking point?

    Survey examining exposure to stressors at work, and attempts to discover if there has been an overall improvement in the quality of nurses working lives.

  • 6 Feb 2006

    Specialist nursing services for children and young people with diabetes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Document outlining the principles that health care professionals and education staff should apply to ensure the needs of children and young people with diabetes are met.

  • 21 Dec 2005

    Perioperative fasting in adults and children

    Publication looking at the management of pre and post-operative fasting in adults and children and provides recommendations for good practice based on the best available evidence of clinical effectiveness. Full version.

  • 16 Dec 2005

    Commissioning a patient-led NHS

    Publication informing Royal College of Nursing members of the RCN's work on seven day care.

  • 22 Nov 2005

    Past trends future imperfect

    Report focusing on the current and future supply of nursing students, and highlights issues around the next critical challenge - the ageing of the UK nursing workforce.

  • 21 Nov 2005

    Perioperative fasting in adults and children

    Guideline detailing the clinical practice on perioperative fasting in adults and children.

  • 10 Nov 2005

    Nurses in Scotland 2005

    Report describing the results for Scotland from the 19th employment survey of a sample of RCN members. For the full UK report, see Managing to work differently: Results from the RCN Employment Survey 2005 publication 003006.

  • 10 Nov 2005

    Nurses in Northern Ireland 2005

    Report describes the results for Northern Ireland from the 19th employment survey of a sample of RCN members.

  • 10 Nov 2005

    Nurses in Scotland 2005

    Report describing the results for Wales from the 19th employment survey of a sample of RCN members. For the full UK report, see Managing to work differently: Results from the RCN Employment Survey 2005 publication 003006.

  • 10 Nov 2005

    Managing to work differently

    Survey demonstrating that it is not just the services, and how they are being delivered, that have been changing - results indicate that the profile of the people delivering care has also changed.

  • 16 Sep 2005

    The information needs of nurses

    Report outlining results from a UK wide survey to find out what information nurses, health visitors, midwives and health care assistants need to support their practice and lifelong learning.

  • 15 Sep 2005

    RCN review of the year and summary accounts 2004-05

    Review highlighting key areas of the RCN's work during the financial year 2003-04. Focuses on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients.

  • 12 Sep 2005

    School nurses

    Survey results highlighting the various issues that are currently hampering school nursing services, such as heavy workloads, low staffing levels and unmet training needs.

  • 12 Sep 2005

    School Nurses

    Survey highlighting the various issues that are hampering school nursing services, such as heavy workloads, low staffing levels and unmet training needs.

  • 5 Sep 2005

    NHS knowledge and skills outlines for nursing posts

    Guidance providing broad information about how to develop NHS knowledge and skills framework (KSF) outlines for nursing posts in the NHS.

  • 1 Sep 2005

    RCN report and accounts 2004-05

    Report and Accounts for financial year 2004-05

  • 31 Aug 2005

    Guidance on traumatic stress management in the health care sector

    Guidance so that employers, occupational health departments, safety representatives, and stewards are able to develop a system for managing post traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs).

  • 13 Jun 2005

    Agenda for Change

    Publication giving guidance to nurses on making Agenda for Change pay claims.

  • 22 Apr 2005

    Changing patients' worlds through nursing practice expertise

    Publication reporting on the Expertise in Practice Project (EPP). Presents the background, experiences and findings of an innovative six-year project that explores the nature of nursing practice expertise throughout the United Kingdom.

  • 6 Apr 2005

    RCN Clinical Leadership Programme

    Summary account of a study which set out to explore if the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme is an effective programme of clinical leadership development.

  • 29 Mar 2005

    Mandatory drug and alcohol screening of nurses

    Position statement outlines the RCN's stance as well as highlighting best practice in this area.

  • 4 Mar 2005

    Care home fees

    Document outlining the RCN's concerns about funding arrangements for care homes in the UK. It details the principles that will underpin our work with Government to ensure that care home fees reflect the need for adequate provision, choice and quality of care.

  • 24 Feb 2005

    A guide to genetics

    Booklet aimed at non-specialist nurses, midwives, teachers, and patients. Includes genetic testing, gene therapy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic testing in pregnancy, genetic counselling and ethical issues, plus a comprehensive glossary and details of support groups and genetic centres in the UK.

  • 31 Jan 2005

    Annual employment survey

    Report describing the results for the independent sector from the 19th employment survey of a sample of RCN members. For the full UK report see publication 003006.

  • 22 Dec 2004

    Evaluation of the modern matron role in a sample of NHS trusts

    Executive summary investigating how NHS trusts were establishing ‘modern matron’ posts; the experiences of nurses in these posts; and the impact of their activities on patient care.

  • 21 Dec 2004

    Evaluation of the modern matron role in a sample of NHS trusts

    Briefing investigating how NHS trusts were establishing ‘modern matron’ posts; the experiences of nurses in these posts; and the impact of their activities on patient care.

  • 20 Dec 2004

    Evaluation of the modern matron role in a sample of NHS trusts

    Report investigating how NHS trusts were establishing ‘modern matron’ posts; the experiences of nurses in these posts; and the impact of their activities on patient care.

  • 22 Nov 2004

    Day surgery information

    Guidance for nurses on safe practice concerning the sedation of patients, covering pre-op, inter-op, first stage and discharge.

  • 15 Nov 2004

    Fragile future

    Annual overview of the UK-wide nursing labour market identifies growing demands for nursing staff, driven by expanding and improving NHS services.

  • 25 Oct 2004

    Speaking up

    Report presenting the results of an online questionnaire on information technology developments in the NHS. Details nurses' awareness and perceptions of these developments and highlights the importance of IT in delivering high quality patient care.

  • 9 Sep 2004

    RCN report and accounts 2003-04

    Report and accounts for the financial year 2003-04.

  • 19 Jul 2004

    Developing an effective clinical governance framework for children's acute health care services

    Document in response to enquiries from members and colleagues following a conference presentation on clinical risk within children's acute health care services.

  • 3 May 2004

    Promoting excellence in care through research and development

    Publication addressing the need to expand the knowledge base on which nursing draws; to extend the research and development capacity and capability of nursing; and to identify and develop a culture that values, promotes, sustains and rewards research and development in nursing.

  • 24 Feb 2004

    Interpreting accountability

    Study representing an initial exploration of the ways in which accountability is understood in the context of clinical governance and multidisciplinary decision-making.

  • 3 Feb 2004

    Stepping stones

    Survey results providing detailed statistical information on the employment characteristics of UK nurses and their views of working in nursing.

  • 22 Jan 2004

    Is policy translated into action?

    National survey examining how policy relating to the development of Integrated Continence Services in England is progressing.

  • 8 Dec 2003

    Nurses in the independent sector

    Survey results highlighting the changes in members’ employment patterns, and their attitudes to work, pay and conditions.

  • 4 Dec 2003

    Clinical supervision in the workplace

    Leaflet to stimulate ideas and to encourage occupational health nurses to set up supervision practices in their workplaces.

  • 19 Nov 2003

    Learning the lessons

    Summary of RCN's response to the Bristol inquiry.

  • 31 Oct 2003

    Documentation in colorectal and stoma care nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance aiming to minimise the risks that all nurses face every day when they document care. It sets out a range of issues nurses need to consider and highlights good practice points.

  • 29 Oct 2003

    Pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention

    Guideline detailing the clinical practice on pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention.

  • 28 Oct 2003

    Learning the lessons

    Full report of RCN's response to the Bristol inquiry.

  • 5 Sep 2003

    RCN annual review of the year and summary accounts 2002-03

    Review highlighting key areas of the RCN's work during the financial year, 2002-03, and focusing on the contribution made by members and staff to deliver a better deal for nurses and for patients.

  • 3 Sep 2003

    RCN report and accounts 2002-03

    Full report and accounts for the financial year 2002-03.

  • 17 Jul 2003

    We need respect

    Report exploring the motivations and experiences of internationally recruited nurses (IRNs) in order to understand why nurses come to work in the UK, what experiences they undergo and whether they plan to stay in the UK, return to their countries of origin or go to another country to work after a short period. 

  • 16 Jul 2003

    What education and training do mental health nurses want?

    Report presenting the findings of a research study that has investigated the post-registration education and training needs of qualified mental health nurses working in acute inpatient psychiatric settings in the UK.

  • 27 Jun 2003

    Witnessing resuscitation

    Booklet providing a literature review on the perceptions and effects of witnessing resuscitation and offers guidance to help nursing staff understand the issues and implications for nursing practice.

  • 17 Apr 2003

    Emotions in practice

    Study documenting the work of a group of expert nurses who are referred patients with psychosexual problems for short term counselling.

  • 16 Apr 2003

    Children and young people's nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Document setting out principles and commitments that form the basis of all RCN policies relating to the care of children and young people.

  • 16 Apr 2003

    Setting safe nurse staffing levels

    Paper written in response to the concern expressed by RCN members about the lack of an objective and rational `universal formula' for staffing, which could guarantee the delivery of safe and high quality nursing care.

  • 25 Mar 2003

    Children's and young people's services

    Report outlining the main findings of the survey and areas of concern, for example, increasing problems with the recruitment, skill mix and retention of children's nurses.

  • 10 Dec 2002

    The RCN annual review of the year and summary accounts

    Review highlighting key areas of the RCN's work during the financial year 2001-02. Focuses on the contribution made by members to shaping the RCN's work.

  • 27 Sep 2002

    Valued equally

    Survey results providing detailed statistical information on the employment characteristics of UK nurses and their views of working in nursing.

  • 2 Sep 2002

    RCN report and accounts 2001-02

    Full report and accounts for the financial year 2001-02.

  • 3 Jul 2002

    International recruitment of nurses

    Document examining the employment policy and practice implications of the rapid growth in the number of internationally recruited nurses working in the UK.

  • 10 Apr 2002

    Children in acute independent sector hospitals

    Survey results in response to requests from the acute independent hospitals sector for advice and information concerning the care of children within independent hospitals.

  • 19 Mar 2002

    Working well?

    Survey questionnaire of 6,000 RCN full members (excluding students), looking specifically at wellbeing and working lives.

  • 19 Mar 2002

    Working well

    Report describing the results from the Working well survey of 6000 RCN full members, looking specifically at wellbeing and working lives.

  • 10 Feb 2002

    Here to stay?

    Document examining the employment policy and practice implications of the rapid growth in the number of internationally recruited nurses working in the UK.

  • 6 Feb 2002

    Behind the headlines

    Objective briefing on the UK nursing labour market, with key facts, figures and commentary on the main changes influencing student supply and demand, the changing characteristics of the nursing and midwifery.

  • 18 Apr 2001

    Pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention

    Guideline on pressure ulcers with recommendations that help early identification of patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers, suggest preventive interventions and point out practice that maybe harmful or ineffective.

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