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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Challenges and opportunities of the executive nurse director role in the UK

A scoping review exploring issues affecting directors’ ability to deliver the nursing agenda

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Strengthening quality assurance by implementing an evidence-based revision of a ward accreditation programme

Strengthening quality assurance by implementing an evidence-based revision of a ward...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the role of ward accreditation in ensuring healthcare organisations are providing safe and effective care • To enhance your knowledge of the elements of an effective ward accreditation programme that supports quality assurance • To understand how evidence-based changes can be implemented successfully in healthcare settings Ward accreditation is fundamental in contemporary healthcare delivery. One NHS trust in southwest England that had been placed in special measures introduced a ward accreditation programme – known as the ASPIRE programme – but the trust’s senior nursing leadership team raised concerns about the level of quality assurance provided. Therefore, the trust revised its newly created ward accreditation programme, referring to the evidence base to re-evaluate the metrics used for assessment. Five new elements, including direct registered nurse care time and ward climate, were introduced in the accreditation process. The revision improved confidence in the quality assurance provided by the programme, which became central to the trust’s overall improvement plans.

Using change management to implement barcode medicines administration technology

Using change management to implement barcode medicines administration technology

Complex projects, such as barcode technology implementation, require staff engagement

Effect of nurse managers’ leadership styles on predicted nurse turnover

Effect of nurse managers’ leadership styles on predicted nurse turnover

Understanding the effects of nurse managers’ leadership on turnover may improve retention

A preceptorship toolkit for nurse managers, teams and healthcare organisations

A preceptorship toolkit for nurse managers, teams and healthcare organisations

Researchers have developed a toolkit to develop and improve preceptorship

A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards

A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards

Young people volunteering on acute hospital wards can provide extra support to older patients

What the COVID-19 pandemic tells us about the need to develop resilience in the nursing workforce

What the COVID-19 pandemic tells us about the need to develop resilience in the nursing...

Most research on resilience in healthcare systems such as the NHS is based on organisational crises, such as nurse shortages, an ageing workforce and financial restrictions. However, nursing can learn lessons from the past to consider how to become more resilient, particularly considering the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. This article briefly looks at previous pandemics and disasters that have affected healthcare systems, as well as the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and considers how nurse leaders can support staff and show organisational resilience during such emergencies. The article also discusses how nurse leaders can develop their own resilience.

Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals

Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals

This article examines the main findings of several high-profile inquiries and reports

Effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses: a scoping review

Effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses: a scoping review

A review on the relationships between authentic leaders and newly qualified nurses

Effect of e-learning on nurses’ continuing professional development

Effect of e-learning on nurses’ continuing professional development

An exploration of nurses’ views on the value of e-learning

Quality of work life and work-family conflict: a cross-sectional study among nurses in teaching hospitals

Quality of work life and work-family conflict: a cross-sectional study among nurses in...

The relationship between work-life quality and work-family conflict among nurses in Iran

Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics

Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics

Nursing Now and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, offer new opportunities

Implementing a quality improvement programme in a locality mental health service

How quality improvement programmes can be implemented successfully in your clinical area

How nurse leaders can support staff going through the menopause

The value of a workplace culture that supports women experiencing menopausal symptoms
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Development of a hospital early warning score to end ‘escalation fatigue’

Antrim Area HEWS has advanced the Northern Irish trust’s management of site-level pressure

Exploring public perspectives of e-professionalism in nursing

Public perceptions of the acceptability of nurses’ online behaviours and e-professionalism

How instant messaging can boost leadership training for rural nurse managers

A study explored the use of instant messaging in continuing education for nurses and midwives

Establishing an advanced care academy and its role in advanced practitioner development

Advanced clinical practice roles help fill gaps in care provision and improve consistency

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