Image of a nurse holding a speech bubble that contains a picture depicting a nursing task. How nurses describe their profession has an impact on the way policymakers, politicians and the public perceive the role

Have you ever described yourself as ‘just a nurse’?

How people talk about nursing can diminish its value – here’s what you can do differently

Accelerate director of education Karen Staines and wound care specialist Gabriela Kom, with a patient

The nurse-led chronic wounds service where lower limbs are the highest priority

Centre leader’s impassioned case for how every nurse can transform leg ulcer care

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale: Why the founder of modern nursing is still important

Nursing Standard takes an interactive look at Florence Nightingale's legacy

nurse sits beside a woman who is sitting in an armchair, holding a cup and saucer.They smile at each other

Where nursing and social care meet: how care home internships inspire nursing students

Be inspired by this praised project to enter the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020


Top 10: The most popular articles of 2019

We look back at the most-read articles from the past 12 months


Top 10: The most popular clinical articles of 2019

Leadership, communication and skin care feature in the most-read clinical content of the year

Diabetes distress is the term used to describe the emotional toll the condition and its management can have an an individual

Diabetes: why managing the condition is about so much more than blood sugar levels

People can find the emotional demands relentless, leading to diabetes distress or burnout

Diabetes: what nurses can learn from peer support groups

Young, newly diagnosed adults value a positive approach that makes them feel less isolated

Picture shows two women in scrubs, the older one frowning at the younger one, who is looking at a folder. Being on the receiving end of incivility is always unpleasant but in a healthcare setting it can be dangerous.

Rudeness upsets colleagues and poses risk to patients

Incivility is always unpleasant but in a healthcare setting it can be dangerous

Staff handover

Reinventing the Productive Ward: what nurses need from a quality improvement toolkit

Ten years ago the programme was all the rage, and now it’s set for an update

Illustration highlighting the elements involved in day-to-day management of diabetes

Empowering inpatients with diabetes: how to improve safety and reduce errors

Enabling self-administration of insulin recognises patients as experts in their own care

man and woman snuggle on sofa, smiling and drinking wine

NHS over-40s health check: how nurses can make it bigger and better

It was never just for the worried well, but now a major revamp will extend its reach

How advanced training turned around our stroke care service

The advanced nurse practitioner programme was the key to better, more timely patient care

How to attract and retain brilliant nurses

A trust has devised a fellowship to boost the careers of talented staff

End of life care: finding out what matters to the families and carers of dying patients

The programme that helps nurses see care through the eyes of patients’ loved ones

What matters to nurses: does your organisation know?

One trust dared to open a conversation with staff – and faced some uncomfortable truths

RCN Nurse of the Year: ‘I had no idea how far this award would take me’

Taurai Matare on her first 100 days in the role – and her one-to-one with the prime minister

Compassionate leadership: does it really give nurses a voice?

The ‘command and control’ model of leadership is now seen as outdated