7 reasons why nurses should care about the upcoming Francis Report
As a nurse why should you be bothered about the upcoming Francis Report? Here’s seven reasons why
- Whether you’re on the ward, in the community or sitting in a director’s office, the Francis inquiry is likely to impact on how essential nursing care is delivered in your organisation. It is expected to discuss areas including: neglect of privacy and dignity, continence care, pressure area care, hygiene, nutrition and hydration, safety, record keeping and communication
- There will be much talk of how nurse education and training needs to change, for example whether students need to be taught “compassion” and how much continual professional development registered nurses need to carry out each year
- If you’re a health care assistant or you work with health care assistants, the report could recommend tighter rules on delegation and regulation
- Patients and relatives may want to talk with you about the findings of the Francis Report and seek reassurance about the standards of care they are receiving
- The Francis Report will question – are you capable of providing compassionate care?
- Next week there will be an onslaught of public and media criticism of nurses. As a nurse you will need to communicate nursing’s core values and work to win back public confidence
- This report is your opportunity to discuss your concerns about standards of care and how core patient centred values can be embedded into health services
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