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.
A scoping review exploring issues affecting directors’ ability to deliver the nursing agenda
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.
Complex projects, such as barcode technology implementation, require staff engagement
Understanding the effects of nurse managers’ leadership on turnover may improve retention
Researchers have developed a toolkit to develop and improve preceptorship
Young people volunteering on acute hospital wards can provide extra support to older patients
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.
This article examines the main findings of several high-profile inquiries and reports
A review on the relationships between authentic leaders and newly qualified nurses
An exploration of nurses’ views on the value of e-learning
The relationship between work-life quality and work-family conflict among nurses in Iran
Nursing Now and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, offer new opportunities