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Review of "Nursing Standard Magazine"

published 23/05/2002 | borntoloaf
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Sorry got busy Bob the building at Loafland, drinking whisky, entering comps, loafing about.....normal service has resumed!
Pro Great discussions features and opinions.
Cons too many adverts
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"Owned by nurses,run by nurses,written by nurses."

This is THE magazine for nurses, patients or anyone with an interest in health care and nursing issues. It outranks any other magazine in terms of news stories, opinion columns and clinical features and is so generic that it will appeal to any nurse in any clinical environment. The magazine boasts that it is “owned by nurses – run by nurses” and this is its unique selling point. There are no journalists catering to their own egos here, or talking about issues that don’t affect real nurses who deliver the direct hands on care. This magazine pulls no punches and gets to the heart of the issues that affect real nurses and patients.

News stories are bang up to date and probably reported up to the day the magazine goes to press. Of interest is a weekly section called “on the move” which describes key promotions or new jobs of prominent nurses. The clinical digest page keeps the reader informed of the latest research developments with a summary of the findings and a reference of where to go for further details. There are then several pages of stories of issues that affect nurses and patients, many of which are written by freelance journalist, some of who are regular writers for the magazine.

My favourite pages are the opinion pages, which the magazine calls the “perspectives” pages. As a nurse myself, I know that it is so important to keep abreast of how my colleagues and the patients and their families feel, so it’s great to read firsthand how some of the writers feel. The magazine welcomes opinion pieces (500 words) from patients or their relatives and I feel that these are often the best pieces, which I learn from and have often changed my practices and own attitudes because of reading these pages. I have been know to write a few pieces myself over the years and hope that I to have given something back to nursing and nurses.

Readers can also become involved in the magazine by sending in questions on employment, ethical or nursing related problems or dilemmas. Other areas of interaction are the letters page, which can lead to some prominent issues being explored by a variety of clinicians and a book reviews section. There is also the reader’s panel, of which I have been a member for many years and still get one or two questions a year. The opinion editor will send a question out to three or four members and each answers in their own way. This brings a diverse and interesting range of answers to many relevant questions.

Two regular columnists are David Newnham and Daniel Allen. David seems to be a man who has had every illness under the moon and must be a hypochondriac, but he brings with him a fresh outlook from a patient’s viewpoint which often leaves the reader questioning his or her own practice. Daniel is both a psychiatric nurse and journalist and looks at a variety of nurse related issues from an odd and diverse angle but neatly brings it back to a nursing relevance in his closing sentence. I look forward to reading these pieces, which brings a bit of light relief.

The Clinical articles (art and science section) are subject to a double blind review and there is an editorial advisory board of 14 prominent nurses who are experts in many fields and with a wealth of experience. These articles are well referenced and quite academically written by clinical nurses and other health related professionals. By reading one of the selected articles and writing a practice profile nurses can gain ten continuing education points which gives them evidence of learning for their portfolios. This article also has a multiple choice question competition where you can win £50 in book tokens- of which I once won.

The layout of the magazine is very professional and makes for easy reading, and it is interspaced with some top quality photographs and cartoons.

The Editor in Chief is Linda Thomas who is an experienced nurse and editor who also edits another fine journal, Nursing Older People. The Editor is Jean Gray, but I’m not sure if she herself is a nurse, however there are a further 7 sub Editors for areas such as opinions or clinical articles, all of which are nurses with various qualifications and clinical backgrounds. They are supported and work along side a strong team of reporters and journalists, again the majority are nurses.

The journal is affiliated to The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and is published weekly, on a Wednesday. It costs £1-20 an issue (a subscription would be cheaper at £4-75 a month for RCN members or £3-25 a month for student RCN members). Nurses can claim tax relief for their subscriptions from their tax office.

Alternatively if you subscribe to any other RCN publication you can read the magazine free on line at quoting your subscriber number, or you can pay £5 for a 30-day subscription.

On the down side, there are rather a lot of advertisements, but this probably subsides the low price of the magazine and may be unavoidable. At the rear of the magazine though are the courses, conferences, and jobs pages.

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Comments on this review

  • danthepianoman published 17/04/2006
    Good review, I have only just cancelled my subscription because I get too many of these and I just can't afford to keep them all going! Dan.
  • sdwill published 07/08/2002
    It's interesting to read a review of a professional magazine for a change! Good review.
  • mortimus published 25/05/2002
    Wxcellent op man Phil
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