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NT Comment: All-encompassing standard may be too great to be good

ESSENCE of Care has been a success with nurses. Launched in 2001, these practical tools emphasised getting the basics right, allowing nurses to take a structured, patient-focused approach to sharing and comparing practice. But their success depended on their ease of use and their focus on nursing practice. It is worrying, then, that the latest benchmark on the ‘care environment’ is so large and so wide-ranging (p9).

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