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Editorial Policy


RCNi Learning has been developed as an interactive, online learning resource to assist practising nurses and students to implement best practice and meet their continuing professional development requirements, for example in preparation for revalidation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. UK subscribers can save their completed modules and learning activities into their online portfolio, as evidence to support revalidation.

RCNi Learning modules are constantly reviewed and are accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

Source of RCNi Learning contents

RCNi Learning modules have been adapted to meet the education requirements of practising nurses and students.

The content for RCNi Learning has been repurposed from Nursing Standard and eight specialist journals - Nursing Children and Young People, Nursing Older People, Mental Health Practice, Emergency Nurse, Primary Health Care, Cancer Nursing Practice, Nursing Management and Learning Disability Practice.

Articles are commissioned and reviewed by experienced editors in liaison with experts in the various fields of nursing, editorial advisors and an extensive panel of reviewers, including experienced academics, nurse leaders and senior practitioners.

Evidence-based content

RCNi Learning modules reflect current clinical practice are based on current UK guidelines and policy, as well as international evidence.

Each module contains a comprehensive list of reputable references and web links, including recent NICE, DH, SIGN and RCN guidance, Cochrane reviews, Best Practice guidelines, seminal research studies and other useful resources.

Components of the Principles of Nursing Practice are used when developing the modules. They reflect best practice and promote safe and effective patient-centred care (Principles A, C, D, E, F). They encourage nurses to reflect on their practice, involve patients and family members in decision making, encourage collaborative working practices and identify their learning requirements (Principles B, D,G). The modules also embrace the 6Cs of Nursing.

RCNi maintains complete lists of references and evidence sources.

Peer-reviewed content

RCNi Learning modules have been through the external double-blind peer review process and checked for plagiarism using automated software. The review panel is made up of a range of expert nurses, clinical specialists and lecturers, and is updated on a regular basis.

Production process

Once an RCNi Learning module has been written it undergoes a rigorous external peer review process to ensure accuracy, relevance and accessibility to the target audience. The modules are edited by a team of experienced scientific and technical editors to maintain quality assurance.

The RCNi advisory board, external advisory boards (specialist journals) and an editorial advisory panel (Nursing Standard) provide expert guidance on each module in terms of content and commissioning potential authors.

Many of the modules contain case studies based on patient histories and experience. The modules are enhanced with additional learning points, a glossary, test your knowledge pre and post-test questionnaires, additional images, podcasts, videos, with additional links to external interactive materials.

RCNi Learning updated

RCNi Learning reviews and updates modules regularly and at least once every three years. Content is updated more regularly if there are changes to policy or practice.


Any identifiable people on RCNi Learning have given their consent for their image to be used. Images may not be re-used, altered or transformed.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position