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5 questions to ask before accepting a nursing job offer

5 questions to ask before accepting a nursing job offer

The interview went well and you’re confident that you’ll get the job - but do you want it? ‘Sometimes, candidates can be so focused on selling themselves during an interview that they forget to assess whether the role is right for them,’ says Heike Guilford, Managing Director of The Coaching Nurse. ‘That’s why it’s so [...]

Dealing with violence in the workplace

Dealing with violence in the workplace

Awareness of assaults on NHS staff has been on the agenda for some years now, but despite several high-profile media and poster campaigns the number of cases is continuing to rise. Figures produced annually by NHS Protect, the body responsible for dealing with crime in the National Health Service, show that the total number of [...]

A guide to CPD: What counts for revalidation?

A guide to CPD

As part of the new revalidation process, you must complete 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your practice as a nurse or midwife. This must be undertaken during the three years prior to your revalidation date - anything before that cannot be counted. While 35 hours may sound like a lot, remember [...]

5 effective ways to use stories in your nursing job interview

5 effective ways to use stories in your nursing job interview

Scenario-type questions can be tricky to answer - but if you prepare before the interview, they can offer a great opportunity to convey the skills and values that set you apart from other nurse candidates. Done right, story-telling is a highly effective technique that makes interviewers listen to what you have to say, and ensures [...]

7 ways to improve your reflection for revalidation

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As part of the new revalidation process, nurses and midwives must provide at least five written pieces of reflection. These can be based on your continuing professional development (CPD), a practice-related event, or feedback from colleagues or patients. When choosing what to write about, you should pick something that happened in the three years prior [...]

5 Common nursing interview mistakes

5 Common nursing interview mistakes

Are you getting interviews but no job offers? You might want to take a closer look at the messages you’re giving employers. Julia Sinclair-Brown, a career coach specialising in the medical and healthcare sectors, reveals five common interview mistakes that could be costing you the job. When asked to comment on your strengths, don’t simply [...]

Nursing people with dementia: the triangle of care

Nursing people with dementia: the triangle of care

As many as seven-out-of-10 acute hospital beds are occupied by older people, and some 40% of those patients will have dementia (RCN, 2013). While acute general hospital settings are often not conducive to the needs of people with dementia (Alzheimer's Society, 2009), nurses who offer compassion and person-centred care can – and do – make [...]

Paediatric nurse training – have you got what it takes?

Paediatric nurse training – have you got what it takes?

Children's nursing is hugely rewarding, but can also be emotionally demanding. If you’re interested in becoming a paediatric nurse, here’s what to expect from the training and how to decide whether the job is right for you. Paediatric nurses work in hospitals, homes and the community, assessing the needs and caring for children of all [...]

9 tips to combat stress

9 tips to combat stress

Even the best nurses feel overwhelmed sometimes. Delegating and prioritising your workload can help – but if you’re still feeling stressed, here are six strategies that may help. A high workload and unrealistic management expectations can cause pressure – but be aware that negative thinking plays a part too. ‘It’s not just external pressures that [...]