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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: what would you like to see our new senior nurses in England concentrate on?

The topical issue of the moment: what should England’s top nurses be focusing on? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

What public health aspects would you advise Professor Viv Bennett to focus on as she settles into her role as director of nursing at the Department of Health?

And what would you like to see the chief nursing officer on the NHS Commissioning Board Jane Cummings prioritise in her first few days on the role?

Submit your comments below and they could be published in the magazine.

Readers' comments (7)

  • I love and enjoy my job as a professional qualified. Two things that i would like our senior nurses to focus on are
    1. Staffing levels - i used to work on an acute surgical ward and the staffing levels was and still is pretty bad. 10 patients to 1 staff nursse and 14 patients to 1 staff nurse on the medical ward!!

    2. Salary -For the work nurses do, i think our salarie are very aweful. If one wishes to live comfortably, then one will have to compromise not seeing family to doing all the overtime available.

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  • I would really like the focus to be on the Management of Nurses. Unfortunately, there are 'good' nurses and 'bad' nurses. I have been in the profession for over 12 years and have recognised this sad fact. Being highly sensitive to patients needs ,I know that other nurses have to compensate for the poor practice performed by these 'bad' nurses.
    Furthermore, I would like the amount of paperwork that nurses have to perform to be simplified.

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  • I agree with Marie and would add that there should be someone on the ward, at all times, that is checking on the care of patients:- Food/drink/bowel charts up to date, patients being mobilised and that the whole team are doing their best to increase recovery times and discharge dates. Bring back the Hospital Matron who checks on everything and is responsible for the care of all, patients and staff alike

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  • Focussing on managing nurses is a really good idea. But is it that simple? A lot of the problems on wards stem from poor leadership from the top. We have plenty of matrons, truck loads in fact. Why do we still have the same issues? Are the priorities of our bosses the same as those on the shop floor? Personally, I think not. Unless nurses can start to articulate their concerns; outside of usual organisations, nothing will change. We give too much respect to our Seniors, many are undeserving of it. We have Corporate Enforcers for leaders. They are, I believe, political creatures, government gives the orders. Look at all the 'care' disasters, Mid Staffs et al. These can only take place when Senior nurses(leaders) allow it. I've never met a junior nurse who wanted to run his/her ward into the ground. I've never met a nurse, starting out anyway, who did want to give the best care possible. What is a leader supposed to be? In my book a leader sets examples. A leader should be the beating ethical,legal, technical and innovative heart of a ward or hospital. Do we recognise any of these traits in our bosses? The fault of junior nurses is to listen to these people. The CNO will change anything, they are not on your side.

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  • Anonymous | 30-Mar-2012 1:13 pm

    Very well said!

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  • Dear victoria aikins ,

    I am sure you enjoy being a "professional
    qualified"

    If your use of English ( and poor spelling) is intended to convey the standard of "professional qualified" in this country I am shocked!

    Whilst you maybe a nice person please dont try to write care plans or do anything that involves the use of English whilst undertaking your "professional qualified" duties.

    Sadly I suspect there are many poorly educated "professional qualified" people pretending to be nurses. These people are a disgrace and by revealing themselves justify the criticism which is heaped on the Profession by the media and general public.

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  • being more like scotland!

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