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.
Nursing Standard's annual awards not only demonstrate the best the profession has to offer, they can help boost the winners' and commendees' careers. A high-profile example is David Benton, who won the management category back in 1993 and is now chief executive of the International Council of Nurses.
Other former winners tell their stories this week. They are inspiring in themselves, and we hope their example will prompt others to enter this year's awards. There are 13 categories, including the inaugural Florence Nightingale Foundation Chairman's Award for Compassionate Care. Details of how to enter are at www.nurseawards.co.uk
Among those we feature in this issue is Grace Vanterpool, a diabetes nurse consultant who was named nurse of the year in 2006 in recognition of her innovative approach to engaging patients from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. All of England's strategic health authorities asked her to share her work with them, she was invited to make a presentation at the House of Lords and was made an MBE.
This year's judging panel is particularly keen to receive more applications from nurses who, like Ms Vanterpool, are from BME backgrounds, because relatively few have been honoured in recent years. Even more importantly, the expert panel wants to hear from all nurses who have delivered outstanding care so that Nursing Standard can ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.
One of the categories is for students, whose experience in training appears to be improving. A survey conducted by the RCN in conjunction with Nursing Standard found that 82 per cent rated their course as excellent or good, while three quarters were similarly satisfied with the quality of teaching they received in the classroom.
Most impressive of all is the finding that 86 per cent of respondents thought highly of their practice placements. Given the strain that nurses and healthcare assistants are under, it would be understandable if students were being used as extra pairs of hands and given little supervision. It is reassuring to learn that this is far from the case.
Editorial | September 26 2012 | Volume 27 No 4
Nursing Standard is published every Wednesday by RCN Publishing Company Ltd, the publishing company of the Royal College of Nursing.
It seeks to promote professional excellence, and encourage creativity and innovation in nursing, midwifery and health visiting practice. Nursing Standard also aims to enhance nurses' and healthcare assistants' career development and to help them achieve and maintain a healthy and rewarding working environment. Nursing Standard is editorially independent and the opinions expressed are not those of the RCN or of the contributor's employing organisation unless specifically stated.