Comment

Janet Davies: Happy 30th Birthday Nursing Standard!

With new technology, changing environments and workforce shortages, a lot has changed since Nursing Standard launched in 1987, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies. 
Remember the 1980s?

With new technology, changing environments and workforce shortages, a lot has changed since Nursing Standard launched in 1987, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies

When Nursing Standard launched in 1987, I was working in older peoples nursing, carrying around a brick disguised as a mobile phone.

Since then, how we communicate and digest information has changed dramatically. Nursing Standard has embraced the move into the digital sphere as more and more of us are reading information online, on tablets and on our mobile phones.

It has become a hub for learning and development, covering topical events and shining a light on issues that matter to nurses.

Intensity

It is not just technology that has changed, but the environments where nurses work and the intensity of the job as we deal with an ageing population,

...

With new technology, changing environments and workforce shortages, a lot has changed since Nursing Standard launched in 1987, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies 


Back in the day: 1980s remembered

When Nursing Standard launched in 1987, I was working in older people’s nursing, carrying around a brick disguised as a mobile phone. 

Since then, how we communicate and digest information has changed dramatically. Nursing Standard has embraced the move into the digital sphere as more and more of us are reading information online, on tablets and on our mobile phones. 

It has become a hub for learning and development, covering topical events and shining a light on issues that matter to nurses. 

Intensity

It is not just technology that has changed, but the environments where nurses work and the intensity of the job as we deal with an ageing population, workforce shortages and reduced services. 

We need an outlet to campaign for nurses, even more so now, so they can gain new knowledge, share good practice, advocate on pay and working conditions, and strengthen the voice of the profession.

The RCN and nursing staff alike benefit from having a journal that enhances nursing’s reputation as a profession founded on clinical evidence. 

Nursing Standard has provided a platform for all nursing staff, from students to seasoned professionals, to share their experiences and enhance their skills, and nurses now and in the future will turn to Nursing Standard to access the latest news and information. 
 
Happy Birthday Nursing Standard. Here’s to the next 30 years.


Janet Davies is RCN chief executive and general secretary

 

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Enjoy 1 month's access for £1 and get:

  • Full access to nursing standard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • Monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs