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How support staff can be helped to challenge unacceptable practice

03 February 2010

Nursing Management


Healthcare assistants (HCAs) play an increasingly important role in the provision of patient care and are well-placed to witness and challenge poor practice, yet...

Nursing and nurses: the image and the reality

31 March 2010

Nursing Management


This article describes national and regional processes, and the evidence base developed from a series of engagement and involvement events across the NHS, to develop...

Providing support for newly qualified practitioners in Scotland

12 September 2012

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the development, implementation and outcomes of Flying Start NHS ® , a web-based learning programme developed by NHS Education for Scotland...

Increasing communication and self-care skills for front line staff in cancer care

10 September 2015

Cancer Nursing Practice

Art & Science

The aim of this project was to conduct a needs assessment of communicating in difficult situations in level one staff working in cancer care and to implement and...

How confident are nurses that they can provide good care?

26 February 2014

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Aim The study assessed the confidence levels of registered nurses who care for patients with learning disabilities, including those with palliative care needs, in an...

Implementation of a structured programme of preceptorship for newly qualified midwives in a maternity unit

30 September 2016

Nursing Management

Evidence & practice

This article discusses the application of a structured approach to the development and implementation of preceptorship programmes with an evidence-based content to...

A role under scrutiny

08 March 2011

Nursing Standard


Advanced practice is not subject to specific regulation in the UK, giving rise to concern about public safety.

Confidence interval for statistical power using a sample variance estimate

01 September 2013

Nurse Researcher

Hypothesis testing

Aims To improve estimation of statistical power by constructing its confidence interval. Background Statistical power is often computed using a sample variance...

The power of words

17 August 2010

Nursing Standard


Reading in a group can help patients with mental health conditions to build up their self-belief.

Tips on overlapping confidence intervals and univariate linear models

01 July 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

In randomised controlled trials, an overlap of confidence intervals is often cited as evidence of ‘no statistically significant difference’ between intervention...