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Nursing issues
  1. Helen Noble1,
  2. Allison Shorten2
  1. 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  2. 2 Department of Family, Community and Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen Noble, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; helen.noble{at}

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EBN perspectives bring together key issues from the commentaries in one of our nursing topic themes.


This article is part of Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) Perspective series. In this series, published commentaries related to a specific nursing theme are collated and highlights are discussed. The topic for this edition is ‘nursing issues’, covering 21 commentaries published from October 2016 over a 12-month period. A summary of works is organised into key themes, research methods are identified and important implications for practice and future research are explored.

Key themes

The 21 commentaries are grouped into three themes (box): professional issues—which include nursing workforce and workplace issues; evidence-based nursing care specifically related to patient therapies and patient and family perspectives—giving rise to the patient and family voice.


Evidence-Based Nursing commentaries on nursing issues (October 2016–October 2017)

Theme 1: Professional issues—nursing workforce/workplace

  • Staffing and nurse-perceived quality of care (

  • Greater nurse autonomy associated with lower mortality and failure to rescue rates (

  • Health, psychosocial and workplace characteristics may identify nurses and midwives at risk of high absenteeism (

  • Good peer relationships can attenuate the negative effect of horizontal violence on job satisfaction  (

  • Simple variations to traditional models of care can dramatically improve emergency department performance (

  • Emergency department nurses report high workload and management pressure to meet 4-hour treatment targets (

  • Information gaps in medication communication during clinical handover calls for a different approach (

  • Nurses require confidence, knowledge and communication skills for referrals to doctors (

  • Reporting of professional misconduct is influenced by nurses’ level of education and managerial experience (

  • Mindfulness training can reduce depression and anxiety among nurses (

Theme 2: Evidence-based nursing care—patient care/therapies

  • Earplugs could be an effective sleep hygiene strategy to reduce delirium …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.