Christmas Greeting from EBN

On this Christmas Eve all at Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) wish you a happy festive period. Many nurses & health services will be providing essential care & support to people with health issues over the festive period, but we hope that many of you have a well-deserved break.

This year, as in previous years, the challenges facing nursing & healthcare have often dominated the news, typically focusing on the pressures of delivering care within global financial challenges, & reports of more nurses leaving than joining the profession. Within the UK this year also celebrated 70 years of the National Health Service, a national & very much treasured part of UK society. The Kings Fund have been undertaking some work to explore the complex relationship between the NHS and the public (https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/public-and-nhs), and what people have the right to expect from a tax paying institution, a debate that will resonate within many countries. While the NHS is a UK institution, the envy of many countries, many thousands of nurses across the globe make a difference to people’s lives every day in often volatile and challenging conditions. Our weekly blog is a testament to the passion & diverse interests of nurses across the globe, with our guest bloggers raising a range of issues relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

Our Twitter Chat continues to provide a forum to debate nursing and health issuesoften responding quickly to current policy & health directives. We are looking forward to restarting our Twitter Chats in January 2019, beginning with the important issue of involving patients in pre-registration health professional education. The chat will take place on Wednesday the 16thof January 8-9pm; for more information follow us at @EBNursingBMJ or search for the EBN hashtag #ebnjc.

Our EBN Opinion seriesis going from strength to strength, which summarises out Twitter chats, and can be found at http://ebn.bmj.com/pages/collections/ebn_opinion/.

Our Research Made Simple seriescontinues to be popular offering a concise summary of key issues in research methods & their practical application; http://ebn.bmj.com/pages/collections/ebn_research_made_simple/

Our latest articles focused on, Interpretive phenomenological analysis applied to healthcare research, http://ebn.bmj.com/content/22/1/7.extract?etoc & How to appraise qualitative research, http://ebn.bmj.com/content/22/1/10.extract?etoc

Finally, all that is left is to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

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