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Writing for journals and magazines can be rewardin Writing for journals and magazines can be rewarding, both personally and professionally

Nurses, nursing associates and midwives are required to share their skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of people receiving care and also for colleagues. You are required to support others to learn and to also help them develop their professional competence and confidence.1 Publishing in healthcare-related magazines and journals is but one way of supporting others and encouraging them to learn. This article aims to help authors write for publication in healthcare journals. The article encourages authors to submit their proposed publications with the intention of enhancing the quality and safety of care provided to those we have the privilege to offer care and support to. Revalidation is the process that all nurses must follow to maintain their registration with the NMC,2 having your work published will demonstrate you are engaging with the revalidation requirements.

Most editors of nursing journals are keen to publish articles that provide nurses (readers) with clinical information that they can then apply to their own practice, for example, the outcome of an audit or quality improvement project that can be replicated that has resulted in a change to practice. Articles can enhance patient care outcomes by informing policy initiatives and contributing to the body of scientific knowledge.

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