This website is intended for healthcare professionals


Central venous pressure monitoring in critical care settings

The Frank-Starling law states that the force or tension developed in a muscle fibre depends on the extent to which it is stretched..

Law and ethics in palliative care of children and young people

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1990 defines a child as anyone under 18 years of age. Until a child reaches 18 years of age, an adult (usually their parent—see the...

Recognising and supporting families through domestic violence and abuse

The current definition of DVA includes any incident of threatening behaviour, violence, abuse or control that occurs between two adults or young people over the age of 16 years, who are or have been...

Body dysmorphic disorder in children and young people

BDD is an increasingly prevalent condition (Himanshu et al, 2020) with psychological and functional impacts, so recognition and treatment is essential. Furthermore, suicide rates in the UK among...

Congenital heart disease in children

The 20-week antenatal scan is the primary point at which the structures of the heart are examined. The heart is one of the first organs to be formed in utero. By 8 weeks' gestation, the heart's atria...

The importance and meaning of prayer rituals at the end of life

A ritual is the undertaking of specific activities or behaviours that express symbolic, often culturally influenced, meaning, whereby specific thoughts and feelings are experienced individually, or as...

The Mental State Examination

Concepts closely related to what is now known as the MSE in current day practice have been used in psychiatry for decades (Kareem and Ashby, 2000). The use of the MSE when considering an individual's...

Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies-associated vasculitis: a guide and case study

The term vasculitis refers to a relatively rare and poorly understood set of conditions, causing inflammation of the blood vessels, and AAV is a sub-group within this collection (Ball et al, 2014)....

Care of the surgical patient—part 2: oral anticoagulants

Anticoagulant therapy and its role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders (people with atrial fibrillation and mechanical prosthetic heart valves) is well recognised (National Institute for...

Recognition and management of sepsis: the nurse's role

‘The invasion of a normally sterile cavity by organisms, or inflammation caused by organisms in parts of the body which are not normally sterile.’ .

Supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sexual violence is a term that covers various serious violent crimes—it means that someone forces or manipulates another person into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. It is important to...

Why choose British Journal of Nursing?

BJN provides nurses with an evidence base for clinical practice and a platform for professional development. It shares the information and advice that is key to unlocking your full potential.

What's included

  • Clinical expertise

  • Peer-reviewed research

  • Best practice guidance

  • CPD support

Subscriptions start:

From £13.75 GBP