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Principles of Nursing Practice

On 18 November 2010 the Principles of Nursing Practice were launched!

The Principles were developed by the Royal College of Nursing in partnership with the Department of Health (England), the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and patient and service user organisations.

The Principles describe what everyone can expect from nursing practice, whether colleagues, patients, their families or carers. They allow us to make clear exactly what quality nursing care looks like and provide a framework for supporting the evaluation of care through the development of useful measures.

The Principles can be used in conjunction with measurement tools for the purposes of quality improvement. They can be used by nursing teams for continuing professional development, as well as for sharing with patients and carers.

As a RCN learning representative, we would like to encourage you to visit the RCN website to read more about how the Principles were developed, their purpose, and how they can be used to support and promote quality improvement.

We would also like to encourage you to disseminate these principles in your workplaces. To enable you to do this we have provided cards and posters. Both of these resources are free to RCN members (maximum of 50 cards and 20 posters) and are available through RCN Direct.

Download Principles of Nursing Practice card (PDF 895KB) 
This A6 card gives the background information on what the Nursing Principles are, why we need them, how they were put together, who put them together and what they can be used for. The Principles themselves are printed in full on an attached pop-out card.

Download Principles of Nursing Practice poster (PDF 636KB)
This A3 poster shows the full Principles, and can be displayed for patients, carers and nursing staff.