Publications

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.

  • 30 Dec 2021

    RCN Employment Survey 2021

    This report provides a summary of findings from a survey of RCN members which was undertaken in October 2021.

  • 9 Dec 2021

    Ask. Listen. Act. (2nd edition)

    Publication Code : 010 004

    This second edition of Ask. Listen. Act has been revised following the launch of the RCN’s Nursing Workforce Standards in May 2021.  A working group of RCN reps and staff came together to review the Nursing Workforce Standards. The overwhelming feeling was that they spell out the link between working conditions and patient care in a way that will help people understand trade union activity in a professional context. They can be used by reps and branches to start a conversation about what you experience in the workplace and to work proactively with members, other trade unions and senior managers to highlight and address system-wide issues.

  • 1 Dec 2021

    What are PMS and PMDD?

    Publication Code : 010 006

    This resource has been designed to raise awareness of both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to support patient assessment and care, and to signpost nursing staff to further helpful resources. 

  • 1 Dec 2021

    Making Sense of Women’s Health

    Publication Code : 010 002

    This publication is designed for the non-specialist nurse. It highlights conditions that women can experience, the likely outcomes and how to access appropriate resources or treatment.

  • 24 Nov 2021

    Eyes Right: older people and driving

    Publication Code : 009 906

    Eyesight deteriorates gradually with age. This publication has been developed to assist nurses working with older people who present with eyesight issues. It includes details on eye health, visual impairment and ageing, highlights nurses’ responsibilities and signposts for further information.

  • 15 Nov 2021

    10 Unsustainable Pressures on the Health and Care System in England

    Publication Code : 010 047

    Members of the RCN working across health and social care in England dispute statements that the current situation in health and care is sustainable. Action needs to be taken to retain as many nursing staff as possible in light of serious staffing vacancies, as well as high levels of exhaustion and burnout. On top of this, the system is currently dealing with the immediate challenge of rising COVID-19 cases, intensified pressures as winter approaches and clearing the growing backlog of undelivered care to people in need. The RCN has identified ten areas that currently demonstrate unsustainable, untenable conditions within the health and care system across England. All of these are reliant on nursing.

  • 10 Nov 2021

    Dementia Care Principles for People in Prison

    Publication Code : 009 751

    A diagnosis of dementia is profound. It affects the person, their circle of support, and the wider community - particularly if that community is a prison. The Royal College of Nursing has adapted its long-established SPACE principles in order to promote dementia care in prisons. This document sets out the five principles, based on evidence gathered from people living with dementia, carers and practitioners, that form a shared commitment to improving dementia care in prisons. The related spider gram tool (Transforming Dementia Care in Prison) can be used to benchmark current practice and completed again at intervals to monitor progress. 

  • 10 Nov 2021

    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Early Pregnancy Care

    Publication Code : 009-931

    The role of the clinical nurse specialist in early pregnancy care is intended to enhance the care for women who may be concerned about a complication in early pregnancy. This updated document outlines the key skills and knowledge required to develop the role of a specialist nurse/midwife in early pregnancy care and should provide clear direction for commissioners and managers when creating roles to support best practice in local service provision for women and their families.

  • 10 Nov 2021

    Clinical Nurse Specialist Standards in Early Pregnancy Care Impact Assessment Report

    Publication Code : 009 932

    This report details the findings of a survey conducted in 2020 to ascertain the impact and usefulness of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Early Pregnancy Care publication, originally published in 2017 and now updated in 2021 (publication code: 009 931).

  • 2 Nov 2021

    An RCN Education and Career Progression Framework for Fertility Nursing

    Publication Code : 009 926

    This is a comprehensive framework highlighting recommended education and training pathways toward career development for fertility nursing. It can be used to facilitate a conversation and enable career development for all nurses and HCSWs in fertility services.

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