In partnership with the Department of Health (England), the Nursing & Midwifery Council and patient and service user organisations, the Royal College of Nursing has developed 8 Principles of Nursing Practice.
These can be useful reminders for patients and carers (of what standards they should expect), as well as for nursing staff and others involved in healthcare. They describe what the public can expect from nursing practice in any setting.
The RCN did some research to identify the values common to all nursing tasks and these were reviewed by nurses and patient advocate groups and developed into ‘succinct, meaningful and easy to understand by all, resulting them being endorsed by the Plain English Campaign’.
They can be used in conjunction with measurement tools for quality improvement. An accompanying online resource includes further information about how they relate to other quality improvement initiatives + examples + stories illustrating how the Principles are applied in real life situations.
(Publication code 003 863 gives a pop-out card with the Principles A-H.)