Popular Nursing Magazines and Journals

Looking for a list of the best nursing magazines available today? We have that list – a selection of the most popular publications helping nurses keep up to date. We have made our selection to cover a range of nursing interests.

As professional nurses and those in the healthcare field we like to keep abreast of the latest developments in nursing practices, treatments and advanced technology. A great way to do this is by subscribing to a nursing magazine or journal.

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What is the Difference Between a Nursing Magazine and a Nursing Journal?

A magazine can be described as a publication that is issued periodically and aimed at a particular group such as registered nurses. It contains articles, information and sometimes illustrations.

Whereas a journal is a scholarly publication aimed at a particular group of professionals such as nurses. It is published by a professional organization. It can contain original research articles, reports and practical information aimed at their particular cohort.

Journals also have an abstract and a bibliography attributed to an article, magazines don’t tend to do this.

The final difference is, journals tend to be published monthly or quarterly and magazines are published weekly or monthly.

So now you know.

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This list of nursing magazines and journals are our top picks.

12 Best Nursing Magazines

1. American Journal of Nursing

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AJN is a distinguished, peer- reviewed and award winning publication. It has been in business since 1900, keeping nurses informed and updated with its expert opinions. It provides the nurse of today with original research and analysis and provides evidence based clinical information with the aim of promoting best practice in nursing care and treatment.

Details:

  • 12 issues printed per year
  • $33.90 annual subscription
  • Access to archived issues at AJNonline
  • Further your education with CE opportunities

2. Nursing made Incredibly Easy

nursing made esy magazine

This is a peer-reviewed publication with an aim to meet the educational needs of nurses in a engaging and easy to understand format. It uses illustrations and breaks down clinical concepts in a way that is easily understood. This makes learning new topics fun and they are delivered and written by experienced clinicians.

Each issue contains at least two CE articles and the blog will expand on two topics in the printed magazine.

Details:

  • 6 issues per year, published bi-monthly
  • $29.90 annual subscription-printed
  • $24.95 annual subscription-online
  • Multiple Continuing Education features

3. Journal of Nursing Care Quality

care quality journal

As the title suggests this journal aims at promoting best practice for nurses in providing safe and quality care in a clinical setting. It contains many peer-reviewed articles emphasizing the need for quality of care and patient safety. It is considered the best journal for nursing care quality.

Details:

  • 4 issues per year, published quarterly
  • $140.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $122.00 annual subscription-online
  • Online access to all current and back issues

4. The Nurse Practitioner

nurse practitioner journal

This publication offers professional content by those practicing in the field. It provides the most up to date clinical and practical information for Nurse Practitioners to improve their professionalism through continuing education opportunities.

Details:

  • 12 issues per year, published monthly
  • $ 39.90 annual subscription-printed
  • $34.95 annual subscription-online
  • Printed subscription gives online access

5. Nursing 2019

nursing 2019 journl

This is an award winning peer-reviewed journal providing the most up to date information for nurses. It deals with many issues relating to nursing including; legal/ethical issues, drugs, disease and nursing care. Nurses’ working in a variety of settings will find this a go to journal for all the most relevant information. Each issue contains at least two continuing education opportunities and the website has print content as well as online only articles.

Details:

  • 12 issues per year, published monthly
  • $29.90 annual subscription-printed
  • $24.95 annual subscription-online
  • Members only access to Nursing2019 featuring online only content

6. Nursing Management

nursing management journal

Nursing Management: The Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership is the leading resource for nurses working as managers and leaders. It provides evidence based practical information to improve skills and leadership qualities. It deals with issues such as safeguarding patients, infection control and staff development.

Details:

  • 12 issues per year, published monthly
  • $29.90 annual subscription-printed
  • $24.95 annual subscription-online
  • Online access to all back issues also access to Nursing Management for the iPad

7. Nursing Research

nursing research mgazine

Nursing Research is an esteemed and influential journal that for nearly 60 years has been publishing the most up to date information on research techniques, state of the art methodology and qualitative and quantitative studies.It deals with issues such as acute care research, health promotion, symptom management, cost effectiveness and health services.

Details:

  • 6 issues per year, published bi-monthly
  • $187.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $150.00 annual subscription-online
  • Online access to all current and back issues

8. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

hospice nursing journal

This is a peer reviewed journal for nurses working in a palliative care setting. It features articles containing information around a holistic approach to end of life care including symptom management, physical and emotional care and ethics. It also does book and article reviews as well as having continuing education opportunities in each issue. It also contains membership and association updates.

Details:

  • 6 issues per year, published bi-monthly
  • $138.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $113.00 annual subscription-online
  • Online access to all back issues
  • Access to Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing for the iPad.

9. Journal of Nursing Administration

nursing administration journal

This as an esteemed journal for nurses in a leadership role containing many peer reviewed articles dealing with a wide range of issues. It is aimed at directors of nursing, nurse managers and nurse executives working in hospitals, community healthcare and ambulatory facilities who hope to improve their skills.

Key areas looked at include; information technology, leadership and organizational development, economics and legislation as well as human and financial resource management including average nurse salaries.

Details:

  • 11 issues per year
  • $208.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $154.00 annual subscription-online
  • Printed subscription gives access to all current and back issues

10. Holistic Nursing Practice

holistic nursing practice journal

This peer reviewed journal delivers articles on a holistic approach to nursing practice in hospital or any other healthcare setting. Each issue has a continuing education opportunity, and focuses on current topics and approaches to care using a holistic model.
Details:

  • 6 issues per year, published bi-monthly
  • $138.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $99.00 annual subscription-online
  • Printed subscription gives access to all current and back issues

11. Advances in Nursing Science

nursing science journal

Advances in Nursing Science (ASN) is a peer reviewed publication and is ranked as the most read journal in universities offering doctoral program in nursing. Each issue has in depth analysis of one current issue and how to implement it into practice. Articles are well researched and scientifically sound while remaining engaging.

Details:

  • 4 issues per year, published quarterly
  • $186.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $149.00 annual subscription-online
  • Access to all back issues online

12. Current Opinion in Critical Care

critical care nursing magazine

This is a collaborative journal delivering on the most relevant topics and developments in critical care from across the globe. Areas addressed across the publication include post operative problems, ICU care processes and critical care outcomes. Guest editors give in-depth analysis of current literature in their specialized area of care.

Details:

  • 6 issues per year, published bi-monthly
  • $650.00 annual subscription-printed
  • $439.00 annual subscription-online
  • Access to all back issues online

This is a list of just some of the many hundreds of nursing magazines and nursing journals available. If your favorite is not included let me know why it should make the list- it might make it through next time.

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