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Developing a successful self-rostering shift system

02 July 2003

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Three wards of different sizes and with a mixture of full-time and part-time staff, qualified and unqualified, took part in a self-rostering trial lasting a total of...

Tools for measuring nursing workload in mental health inpatient wards

01 November 2018

Mental Health Practice

workload assessment

Mental health wards should be staffed adequately to be able to provide patients with safe, high-quality care. This is particularly important in a time of increasing...

Workload and workforce planning: supplementary staffing

28 May 2010

Nursing Management


This article describes how an over-reliance on agency staff in the NHS in Scotland has been addressed by the creation of unified, board-wide nurse banks; the...

Developing and supporting expansion of the nurse’s role

05 March 1997

Nursing Standard

Professional development

In 1989 the government agreed that the number of hours worked by junior doctors was unacceptable and proposed to reduce them. Two years later, the ‘New Deal’...

The theatre nurse: getting the image right

14 October 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In this article, the authors provide an overview of the perceptions of theatre nursing, the current role and ways in which this may develop in the future.

Nursing dependency scoring: measuring the total workload

05 June 1996

Nursing Standard


During 1994, the Critical Care Forum of the RCN carried out a survey of all critical care units in the UK. with the purpose of identifying what patient scoring...

Better communication in the emergency department

10 May 2011

Emergency Nurse


Background The emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) role has evolved since the 1980s, when it was introduced into emergency departments (EDs) in the UK (Tye 1997)....

Enhancing nursing students’ education by coaching mentors

01 April 2016

Nursing Management

Art & Science

To address some of the recommendations of the Willis Commission (Royal College of Nursing 2012), and in response to local evaluation of mentor and nursing student...

Workload and workforce planning: developing a learning toolkit

31 March 2010

Nursing Management


The second article in this series described the tools for which there is a consensus for use in nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning (NMWWP) in...

Workload and workforce planning: devolving the programme

01 June 2010

Nursing Management


This article describes how implementing the Nursing and Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning programme has been devolved from central government to individual...