RCN house style for print and web
ending for past participle: the cakes were burnt; the word was misspelt. But the money was earned, not earnt. Compare with: he burned the cakes; she misspelled the word
singular – “the nursing team is…”
note spacing: 020 7647 3000; 0161 888 9898; 01213 901234; 07854 123456. “Phone” is now an acceptable abbreviation. To “call” is also acceptable.
30C – use celsius rather than fahrenheit
compare “the car that is red is parked over there” with “the car, which is red, is parked over there” – “that” defines; “which” gives further information
avoid. Use developing country instead
1am, 6.30pm, etc; half past two, a quarter to three, 10 to 11, etc; noon, midnight, not 12 noon, 12 midnight. Avoid ambiguity – for example, if you write “last week” will it still be “last week” by the time your copy is published?
italicise and cap up books, films, TV programmes, conference titles and campaigns: for example The Student Nurse’s Handbook; Nursing: The Way Ahead; Frontline First
be careful – some common terms are actually trademarks for example, Biro; Post-it Note; Hoover; Portakabin. A sentence such as “Patients were nursed in a damp, leaky portakabin” could interest the lawyers if in fact it wasn’t a Portakabin
but Trades Union Congress
cap up; recognised ethnic group under the Race Relations Act
not try and
as in staff – one word; but “she had to turn over the mattress"