Principles of Nursing Practice
The Principles of Nursing Practice are used by the RCN to describe what everyone can expect from nursing.
This site is designed to bring you up to speed with all aspects of the RCN's work relating to the Principles.
We show how you can make connections between the Principles and local and national statements defining the quality of nursing care.
We intend this resource to help you find ways to demonstrate how these values translate into practice.
We have drawn on relevant RCN publications to identify how the Principles underpin nursing care. We also show how nursing staff animate the Principles and use them to reflect on their practice.
The Principles of Nursing Practice...
- are a set of statements describing what constitutes safe and effective nursing care
- apply to all nursing staff, in any setting – for example: ward managers in hospitals; team leaders in community; specialist nurses; community nurses; health visitors; health care assistants and student nurses
- cover aspects of behaviour, attitude and approach which underpin good nursing care and are often the focus of care quality reviews: Dignity, Responsibility, Risk management, Patient centred care, Communication, Knowledge and skills, Team working and Leadership
- encompass current literature on nursing and were developed through working jointly with patients, the public, healthcare colleagues and nurses
- were published in 2010 and are endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Care Quality Comission and patient groups.
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