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 nurse’s guide to direct oral anticoagulants

Enhance your knowledge of their indications, doses and side effects

Understanding the principles of insulin use in type 1 and type 2 diabetes management

Familiarise yourself with the different types of insulin therapy and their safety measures

Role of the nurse in the hyperacute care and management of patients following stroke

Learn about this time-sensitive method of managing stroke in the first 24-72 hours

Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

How this intervention can address the physical and emotional needs of patients

Recognising and assessing acute pain

How to overcome barriers to the initial recognition of pain

Understanding leadership for newly qualified nurses

Study the various leadership styles, qualities and behaviours

Care and management of patients receiving epidural analgesia

Familiarise yourself with the main complications that may occur

Undertaking a systematic assessment of patients with a traumatic brain injury

Understand the pathophysiology of this time-critical injury

Exploring the benefits and limitations of transactional leadership in healthcare

Why this leadership approach can help you meet short-term goals and complete tasks

Managing complications associated with the use of indwelling urinary catheters

Learn the common complications, and how to reduce their incidence or manage them

Understanding the importance of concepts of health

How patients’ perceptions of health can influence their attitude to self-care

Reflecting on nursing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

A look at how COVID-19 has challenged nurses and resulted in new needs for reflection
Open access

An enduring legacy: contributions of Royal College of Nursing fellows to nursing science

How RCN fellows have contributed to advancing the profession

Artificial hydration at the end of life: balancing benefits and risks

Explore the central questions in the absence of conclusive evidence

Using the SSKIN care bundle to prevent pressure ulcers in the intensive care unit

Learn about risk assessment tools and how to use the five-step care bundle

Role of the nurse in supporting the safe use of opioids

Understand the pharmacology, side effects and risks of opioids

Understanding the role of diet in adult constipation

Learn how to advise patients about dietary changes to help prevent and manage the condition

Understanding the role of the academic assessor

Learn the role’s responsibilities, benefits and potential challenges