All courses leading to the registered nurse qualification will be at degree level by 2013. While this move could increase the status and inluence of the nursing profession, it has implications for diversity and equality.
The commissioning of high quality care is dependent on the right level of clinical advice from front-line clinicians closest to the patient and carer.
Although nurses commonly deal with death, no standardised training in last offices is available. Jo Wilson and colleagues explain why nationally endorsed guidance is urgently needed
Variations in practice must be eliminated to drive up quality care and cut costs. Nurses are ideally placed to lead this challenge, argue Katherine Fenton and Julie Halliday
As the ageing population increases, nurses need to work with NHS managers to provide patients with cost effective care at home using assistive technology, says Christopher Harris
As productivity and quality move higher up the political agenda, we must frame the challenge for change in a way that compels and connects to nurses’ values, says Lynne Maher
Healthcare requires a flexible workforce – so direct entry midwives should not be denied opportunities to move to different areas of practice, says Stephanie Stevens
Controversy continues to rage over nursing as a graduate entry profession, but this move is a necessity to deliver healthcare in the 21st century, says Sue Bernhauser
As the election gathers pace, nurses need to consider inpatients’ voting rights and remember that they may need support to participate, say Neal Hudson and colleagues
Technological advances can improve the way care is delivered. Sam Foster explains how her trust is embracing technology to design innovative products to benefit both staff and patients