Nursing only excellent when staff can raise concerns, says QNI
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has become the latest organisation to support our Speak Out Safely campaign.
The community nursing charity said it “fully supports” the SOS campaign, which was launched by Nursing Times in March.
The campaign calls for the creation of an open and transparent NHS where staff can raise concerns knowing they will be handled appropriately and without fear of bullying.
QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “It is a sign of a progressive, open and healthy workplace when staff feel able to speak out safely if they have legitimate professional concerns.
“Our work focuses on excellence in community nursing practice, and this is only possible if staff feel they can raise issues without fear of retribution, especially in cases of poor practice, or if they have concerns about staffing levels.”
She added: “Equally, there must be a recognition that leaders and managers need skills in listening to and engaging productively with their staff.”
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