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Principles of Nursing Practice

The Principles of Nursing Practice are a set of statements describing what constitutes safe and effective nursing care.

The Principles of Nursing Practice are a set of eight statements describing safe and effective nursing care. They apply to all nursing staff and discuss aspects of behaviour and attitude, which underpin good nursing care. They were published in 2010 and are endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

Nursing Standard commisioned a series that describe the development of the Principles of Nursing Practice initiative. The individual articles are available to read below, and they are also available as a printed guide for £10 plus £1.90 p&p.

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Principles of Nursing Practice: development and implementation
This article, the first in the series, provides an overview of the Principles, the objectives that informed them and the challenges experienced in their development.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 09 March 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice A: Dignity, humanity and equality
This article discusses Principle A, the provision of nursing care in a way that maximises the dignity and humanity of patients.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 16 March 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice B: Accountability and responsibility
This article discusses Principle B, the need for accountability and responsibility in the provision of nursing care.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 23 March 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice C: Safety
This article discusses Principle C, the provision of safe and effective care.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 30 March 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice D: Person-centred care
This article discusses Principle D, the provision of person-centred care.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 06 April 2011
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 Principle of Nursing Practice E: Effective communication
This article discusses Principle E, effective communication, and provides some examples of good practice.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 13 April 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice F: Applying skills and knowledge
This article discusses Principle F, the application of skills and knowledge to person-centred nursing care.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 20 April 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice G: Continuous care across teams
This article discusses Principle G, the need for nurses to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to improve patient outcomes.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 27 April 2011
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Principle of Nursing Practice H: Leadership and responsive care
This article discusses Principle H, the need for leadership among staff and the provision of care that is responsive to individuals' needs.
Nursing Standard. Published in print: 04 May 2011
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