Much of the content on our site is available to our registered users only. If you're already registered, just click the 'Log in' button then enter your email address and password.
If you're not already registered on the site, you'll need to do so in order to gain unrestricted access to all our content. There are two types of registration:
1. If you're a current subscriber, you can register for access to our protected content at no additional cost. You'll need your subscription number in order to complete your registration, which is on the polythene wrapper in which your journal is delivered. Click the Register button to begin your registration.
2. If you don't currently subscribe you can do so now by taking out a secure online subscription. Not only will this give you instant access to our protected online content, but you'll also get every issue of Nursing Standard - the UK's best selling nursing journal - delivered straight to your door. Click the Register button to begin your subscription and registration.
The Care campaign is a joint drive by Nursing Standard and the Patients Association to improve fundamental patient care across the UK.
Care stands for:
C - communicate with compassion
A - assist with toileting, ensuring dignity
R - relieve pain effectively
E - encourage adequate nutrition
Care is based on the four most common complaints the association receives about hospital care from patients and relatives. The campaign recognises that everyone who goes into a care setting is entitled to these four fundamental aspects of care - they are a human right.
We want all nurses, nursing directors, chief executives and non-executive directors of NHS trusts to sign up to the Care Challenge so that 'Care' becomes a universal expectation for patients.
Could Scotland's new mandatory staffing tools work elsewhere in the NHS? Bee Friend reports
Two trusts that signed up to the Care Campaign have transformed their wards with simple patient-centred initiatives. Bee Friend reports
Senior figures have joined forces as part of Nursing Standard's Care campaign to demand minimum staffing levels that ensure quality care. Janet Snell reports
Experts discuss poor care
Poor care stories are constantly highlighted in the media and the blame is often put on nurses or modern nursing. As a result we called a special meeting of senior nurses, academics and representatives of the regulators and royal colleges, to discuss the causes and solutions to the problem of poor care.
Research that proves the value of nursing
Poor staffing levels and low skill mixes on wards are a key factor of poor quality care. Nursing Standard commissioned important research, which nurses can use to make the case for better staffing.
The Care campaign aims are:
What do you think stops nursing teams being able to deliver fundamental care?
Celebrating good nursing - The Patient's Choice Award
We know that the vast majority of nursing care is good. So we invited patients across the UK to nominate nurses who have made a real difference to their care through the Patient's Choice Award, in honour of the late nurse and patient champion Claire Rayner and supported by the Patients Association.
Nurse leaders call time on unsafe staffing levels
Nurse leaders have united to issue an unprecedented warning that patient care becomes unsafe on wards where one registered nurse is caring for eight patients, which happens about 40 per cent of the time in English hospitals.
Register your support for the Care campaign
An e-petition to lobby the government to review nurse to patients ratios.
What needs to be done to tackle poor care.
See the list of NHS organisations that have signed up for our Care campaign.
How can you tackle standards of fundamental care? Use this presentation to run a Care session among your team.
Read more about the Patients Association.