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Health unions to ballot on industrial action

Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have announced that they will ballot their members on industrial action over pay.

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Clinical

Cancer, strokes, menopause

Cancer, strokes, menopause

In-depth analysis of the latest research. Compiled by Mark Greener.

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Prescribing long-acting reversible contraception

Prescribing long-acting reversible contraception

The effective prescribing of these methods of contraception requires counselling to ensure that each individual woman receives the most suitable option, explains Suneeta Kochhar.

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Alleviating anxiety after a child's asthma diagnosis

Alleviating anxiety after a child's asthma diagnosis

Steve Holmes and Jane Scullion consider how best to address parental worries after their child is diagnosed with asthma.

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Managing patients with diabetes during fasting times

Managing patients with diabetes during fasting times

Patients fast for a variety of reasons, including religion and lifestyle. David Morris considers the best advice for high-risk patients wishing to fast.

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Sun-related conditions

Sun-related conditions

Excessive exposure to sun can cause a number of harmful skin conditions. Jean Watkins describes the potential side effects and dangers.

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Professional

From problem to solution: caseload analyis tool

From problem to solution: caseload analyis tool

The relationship between district nurse numbers, caseload and workload can be hard to visualise and quantify. Kay Kane explains how she created a tool to make this easier.

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Career profile: Maggie McDow, London

Career profile: Maggie McDow, London

This month we interview Maggie McDow, a UK chief nurse (BUPA) from London.

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In Your Workplace

In Your Workplace

NHS Trust HR director Graham White provides an insight into people and workplace issues.

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Worth a look

Worth a look

Resources and events page.

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opinion

PNs need more

PNs need more

Last month, I attended RCN Congress. It was enlightening, exhilirating at times, exhausting, and a thrill to put faces to names and talk to, as Peter Carter would say, hard-working nurses.

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Small changes make a huge difference

Small changes make a huge difference

On 1 July, PHE held a conference called At the Heart of it All. The conference, for nurses, midwives, health visitors and AHPs, was founded on the philosophy that as healthcare practitioners (HCPs) we are at the heart of protecting and improving health.

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Community care at its best - everywhere

Community care at its best - everywhere

In 2005 my Auntie Helen, aged 66, was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy was administered for more than nine years, and trial drugs for two years after the standard drugs became ineffective.

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