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The Nursing Times is one of the oldest nursing magazines in the world, first published in 1906.
For a reasonable price readers are treated to updates for their clinical skills, in-depth investigations and insightful opinions. They also have the opportunity to activate their subscription online to take advantage of some of the expansive learning opportunities at the Nursing Times website (www.nursingtimes.net).
While it is true that a large number of people may be overwhelmed by the constant stream of magazines coming through their door the online elements certainly make the subscription worthwhile.
There is also the addition of the Student Nursing Times (www.studentnursingtimes.net) which is an online magazine which aims to help student nurses by providing specialist articles and opinion pieces. There are also free to access web chats with industry professionals and pioneers.
In conclusion, the Nursing Times isn't owned or supported by any external organisation so relies entirely on its subscribers. This gives it a keen advantage in my opinion in that it works hard to create the most appealing and relevant content for its readers. It is certainly worth the modest price alone for its ever-increasing online learning library.
As a second year student nurse, I subscribed to the nursing times just over a year ago.
Aimed at student nurses and nurses alike this "journal" has a very magazine feel to it, and is very easy to read compared to others such as the British journal of nursing.
It is published weekly and costs £1.50, student nurses may be eligable for reduced price subscriptions of £2 a month. Last year mine was £2 for a year but i believe this offer is finished now. Subscription offers can be found online at www.nursingtimes.net or by calling 0870 830 4964.
The magazine has a few main sections:
The first is the news - this includes breaking news on government policies and also clinical research. It keeps you up to date with anything that might be of intrest to those in the nursing world.
There are letters pages and plenty of oppertunity for readers to get in touch and air thier views on important issues.
This section is easy to read and informative, it disscusses the types of issues that patienst might ask you your opinion on so its good to have read.
Another section provides tips on best practice, in areas such as ward management, or infection controll and other clinical skills.
Often there will be a feature which gives advice as to how to preform a clinical skill inline with the most recent research. As a student often faced with inconsistancies in how different staff do the same thing it is always reassuring to read evidence based articles which confirm how to comply with best practice.
The journal regularly runs mini series which go indepth on anatomy of the body or the biology behind an illness. I clearly remember one such series which disscussed blood cells in great detail, this was invaluble to me as a student.
Other articles disscuss current hot topics such as the quality of student placements and education, recent staff lay offs, or the use of certain drugs for certain illnesses.
Most weeks there is a focus on one type of career in nursing such as practice nurses, or nursing abroad. This is followed by a huge selection of jobs organised by speciality and pay scale.
During the first year of my training I used my nursing times to inspire many of my essays, also we are contiuely told to support our work with relevant up to date refrences and I found many in my nursing times.
As I have progressed in to my second year I have had to start looking to other journals for more indepth answers but the nursing times always gives a good foundation.
Coming from a family of nurses, I have found both my mum and my sister jobs in the nursing times, so I believe the jobs section is invaluble.
I would deffinatly recommend the nursing times to students, and those looking for a new job. Other nurses may want to pick up a copy from time to time but I am not sure they would really want a subscription.