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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.

Subscribe to Nursing Standard

From as little as £8.00 a month, a subscription to Nursing Standard gives you unlimited access to these valuable resources:

  • Choice of digital or print edition – your monthly journal, delivered to your inbox and/or door
  • Personalised website and e-newsletters – we highlight articles of interest to you based on what you’ve read before on the Nursing Standard website. This also informs the content you receive in your daily e-newsletters, ensuring you get more of what’s relevant to you
  • Access to our app – you can read all our news, features and opinion content on the move via your smartphone or tablet and be alerted to breaking news stories
  • Online archive and ten extra articles a month – access our archive of peer-reviewed articles. You can even access up to ten articles each month from any other RCNi journal
  • RCNi Portfolio – get a clear overview of your revalidation progress at a glance, with interactive quizzes to help you quickly build your CPD hours
  • Continuous online publishing – peer-reviewed articles are available online first, giving you faster access to new content

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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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Organisational subscriptions

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 RCNi Nurse Awards, the largest UK-wide award ceremony to celebrate and honour the often unsung stars within our nursing profession.

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Personal subscriptions start from £8.00 a month. Click here to subscribe now or for personal subscriptions enquiries, please email: customerservice@rcni.com

Institutional subscriptions from £791 a year. Click here to find out more or get a quote for your organisation.

Open access

RCNi journals offer open access publishing. To find out more see our open access information.

Write for us

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)