This website is intended for healthcare professionals

Professional Development

From staff nurse to nurse consultant

During my last year at school, I had a part-time job working in a factory. There were a number of jobs that involved workers standing in front of a conveyer belt, along which travelled various...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Academic essays part 5: literature searching

The previous article in this series emphasised the importance of spending about an hour exploring the question and identifying exactly what it is asking. Consider a standard type of question: ‘Discuss...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Academic essays part 2: why nurses fail assignments

The essay may be well written. It may reference the literature in an informed way, and even apply theory to clinical practice; however, if it does not attempt to answer the question set, it will...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Survival Guide part 12: Surviving social media

‘Nurses, midwives and nursing associates may put their registration at risk, and students may jeopardise their ability to join our register, if they act in any way that is unprofessional or unlawful...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Survival Guide part 10: Surviving ‘difficult’ patients

Although I'm aware of the danger of labelling some patients as ‘difficult’—and that most people can be difficult given certain stressors and frustrations—nearly all clinical staff that I talk to have...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Survival Guide part 9: Combining parenthood and work

I know of one person who employed a live-in nanny; she sorted out the children in the morning, took them to school, did the washing and ironing and prepared a meal for when people came home. Sounds...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Survival Guide part 8: Surviving on a basic wage

Unlike many careers, registration as a nurse gives you the skills to work in almost any part of the UK, in any town and in almost any medium-sized village. Provided you are willing to be flexible with...

From staff nurse to nurse consultant: Survival Guide part 7: Surviving professional relationships

Take a few moments to think about the various people and teams that you work with. Identify the various professions you interact with: medical staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech...

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