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Let’s talk about journal club

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Richard and Judy better watch out, there’s competition on the block. Nursing Times has a new online journal club, and it has awesome potential

I’m actually in another book club too. We chat about novels, not journals, but it’s essentially the same thing.  I’m a big reader anyway so I didn’t set it up so I’d be forced to knuckle down and turn some pages. I set it up because I get frustrated when I can’t find anyone who has read the same books as me. When I’m reading something I love I want to debate what it all meant, why character a hated character b and what the author was really getting at.

What is Journal Club?

Members can submit their comments and thoughts in a blog on any interesting nursing articles they might have read. They can also comment on other people’s blogs and start up a conversation.

You can find it under ‘opinion and debate’ on the main navigation bar.

How do I join?

We need a colour head and shoulders photo of you, your job title, a brief outline of your career to date and your clinical specialism and interests.

Please email for more information on what to do next.

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I used to mock my friends for staging their read of Rowling’s latest Potter debacle at the same time. Mainly because I can’t stand Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. But now I get where they were coming from.

The club has opened my eyes to books I wouldn’t necessarily go for. I’ve found out how other people view the characters, prose and the author’s motivations. And I’ve enjoyed finding that we often disagree - it makes it more fun. Book club is also combined with lots of drink, comfort food and gossip which makes it worth our time too – but at the heart is a community feel that we’ve all read the same book and want to talk about it.

The same now goes for Nursing Times’ Journal Club. Nurses are always looking for the best practice around and thirsty for new knowledge – Journal Club is the perfect place to find it. You can discuss why certain articles are interesting, what they add to clinical practice, why other articles aren’t worth your time and point out any other literature that may be relevant.

When the general public think of a nurse, the first thing that springs to their mind may not be academia, but they’ve got it wrong. We know you love reading about the latest scientific breakthroughs that affect your day-to-day practice. So make the most of your peers and join Nursing Times’ Journal Club to better yourself as a nurse, have your say and listen in on what everyone else is talking about too.

I find my dad’s words ring in my ears quite a lot, but this time they are relevant. He worked as a lecturer in nursing law and ethics, and his words? “References, references, references.” He rated them as the most important part of nursing, to show that you’ve read around, know your stuff and can chat the lingo. This time, he might be right.

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