Editorial

A new editor, a new format, but the same high standards

Nursing Standard’s new editor Lynn Eaton invites readers to share their views and help shape the news

I’m delighted to join Nursing Standard as your new editor, particularly at such an exciting time for the journal, as we develop and extend our online content alongside a bright new monthly print magazine.

I’ve spent my career writing about health and social care, and have always admired this title. I love the fact that it provides great, lively and informative articles for an inquiring and well-informed nursing audience.

I’m determined that the high standard of content achieved under my predecessor Graham Scott will be maintained while I’m in the editor’s chair.

What you want

That means you the reader will have the content you want, at the time you need it, in whatever form you prefer it. Also, that your views will be heard, not just within the profession but beyond.

Making that happen is a two-way process, so I’m keen to hear from you. Drop me an email, send me a tweet – and I do still read letters! Your views count – and can influence what we report on and inform us about what matters most to you. In turn that can influence the message we send to health officials and politicians.

Our recent survey on safe staffing is just one example of listening to your views. Despite continuing issues about pay, your overwhelming message is that you struggle to provide a safe, appropriate service for your patients.

Fighting for you

My first week in this job included attending the amazing RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony, an annual event that highlights the wonderful work nurses do. I know from personal experience just how often you go the extra mile and how much you care.

But these are uncertain times: a new health secretary, which could signal yet more change in the NHS; a government in crisis over Brexit, with implications for NHS staffing.

Nursing Standard will be there with you and for you, providing you with strong clinical content, news and updates on healthcare and – of course – fighting for you and for your patients.

So, wherever you work, do please keep in touch.


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