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Why do we have nursing standards and why are there so many?

Streamlining standards for nursing could make them more user-friendly and effective, says Nikki Morris

Streamlining standards for nursing could make them more user-friendly and effective, says Nikki Morris

The RCN cancer and breast care forum often receives requests to endorse standards. Taking them through a relevance and subsequent quality assurance process is time-consuming but vital to maintain the credibility of the profession and the college.

Of course, we will always embrace any initiatives that enhance the care we give our patients and the support we give our colleagues.

As nurses we have implemented, endorsed and even written standards, but rarely have I considered or questioned their role within the wider professional context, having instead assumed they’re a good thing. But why do we have them, and so many of them? How much difference do they make? Are there times

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