Eight principles that apply to all nursing staff and nursing students in any care setting
The principles describe what constitutes safe and effective nursing care, and cover the aspects of behaviour, attitude and approach that underpin good care.
Each of the principles was developed by the Royal College of Nursing in partnership with the Department of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Patients, the public and health care staff were also involved in developing them.
Learn more about how the principles are put into practice with this series of short films exploring each one.
As a nursing professional or nursing student you can use the principles to: