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Are link nurses a necessity or a luxury?

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I spoke to a nurse recently who had spent a day off on the ward updating her link nurse board and finishing off audits and paperwork. She does not have time during the working day to carry out this voluntary role.

 

What is the value of the link nurse role?

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  • Anonymous

    That's about right senior managers want us to take on this role but there is no real time or investment for us to be able to do it well.
    We cannot nip off to a meeting when on shift because acuity has cut staffing to the bone and we want our patients to be kept safe.

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  • Anonymous

    This is not a voluntary role for me. I have a link nurse role and an audit role which I do not get protected time to update. Of course if it isn't updated I will get a dressing down.

    The concept of the roles is good because it's impossible for every nurse on the ward to attend updates so having a link nurse to share the information they get from meetings is great. I just wish we were given allocated time to do this and our audits in addition to our already heavy workloads.

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  • Anonymous

    Link nurses paly a vital part in ensuring best practice. In my trust link nurses attending meetings, completing audits and taking a proactive part in updating their files is part of the appraisal process. It is important that link nurses become the experts in their link role on wards to enable other staff to have support when needed. We are fortunate in our trust that the link nurse role is taken seriously and plays a major part in ensuring our patients receive a high standard of safe care that promotes best practice. As link nurse meetings are monthly then an hour a month is a small ask. If link nurses don't attend meetings then yes questions are asked and solutions sort. "Giving a dressing down" as mentioned in another reply doesn't solve anything and certainly doesn't benefit patient care. Ward Managers/Matrons should be supporting staff to fulfil the link nurse role and realise its importance in the bigger picture of organisations.

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