About us

As well as being the UK’s most widely read nursing journal, Nursing Standard is a unique digital resource that keeps nurses and health professionals up to date with the latest developments, best practice and research to meet the NMC’s revalidation requirements

The journal is available in print or digital formats and includes unlimited access to our website.

As a subscriber you can also read all our news, features and opinion articles on our app. On our website you’ll find our online archive of clinical and continuing professional development (CPD) articles, as well as a history of nursing best practice stretching back to 1987.

Nursing Standard sample edition, April 2020

Nursing Standard continues to publish relevant and up to the minute peer-reviewed articles and in-depth analysis of current nursing news and practice. We focus on the following clinical topics throughout the year:

  • Blood
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Continence
  • Critical care
  • Diabetes
  • End of life
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Medicines
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Pain management
  • Surgical care
  • Skin/wound care

We also regularly cover a range of professional issues such as workforce, leadership, nursing regulation, healthcare funding, patient experience and nurse well-being.

Nursing Standard is indexed on these databases: British Nursing Index, Ethnic minorities health, A Current Awareness Bulletin, International Nursing Index, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, OSH-ROM (HSELINE), Palliative Care Index, RNdex.

Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Award Winner

Nursing Standard won the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) 2021 Chairman's Award for its Covid-19 coverage.  The chairman said: 'Nursing Standard is a prime example of how to represent a community successfully and honestly, and the work that it has undertaken in the past 12 months demonstrates the vital role played by specialist interest magazine media brands, especially when the sector it serves is on the front line. I am so pleased to be able to recognise the sterling efforts of the entire team by awarding them the PPA Chairman’s Award this year.'

Subscribe to Nursing Standard

Nursing Standard is now available as part of RCNi Plus, a purpose-built platform that brings together RCNi’s extensive range of resources and new personalisation features to help you stay up to date with information relevant to your practice.

RCNi Plus includes:

•    Customisable RCNi Plus dashboard - choose topics to build your dashboard and create your own personalised feed of resources based on your professional interests.
•    Full access to RCNi’s 10 journals online, including Nursing Standard - an archive of thousands of clinical and CPD articles, the latest news, and practical careers advice.
•    RCNi Learning - a library of 180 evidence-based modules covering a range of clinical specialities and professional issues within nursing.
•    RCNi Portfolio and revalidation alerts – build your evidence for revalidation and be guided through the process one step at a time with helpful progress alerts.
•    Personalised newsletters - the latest news and developments in your area of nursing sent direct to your inbox.

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Try Nursing Standard Student for just £4.50 per month and get access to RCNi’s online archive, RCNi Learning and RCNi Decision Support. Exclusively available for RCN student members.

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Organisations can also subscribe to Nursing Standard on behalf of their nurses or students.

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About RCNi

Nursing Standard is published by RCNi, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing.

RCNi produce a comprehensive range of online nursing resources including RCNi Learning and RCNi Portfolio. We also host the annual RCN Nursing Awards, the largest UK-wide award ceremony to celebrate and honour the often unsung stars within our nursing profession.

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Are you interested in writing for Nursing Standard? To find out more about submissions please see our author guidelines.

At RCNi we have lots of information available to help you successfully write for publication. Please see our Write for us section, which details the many ways you can share your experience and knowledge to the benefit of our nursing community.


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ISSN 0029-6570 (print)
ISSN 2047-9018 (online)