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Commission identifies need to promote modern nursing

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There is a need to raise public awareness of the modern roles and skills of nurses and midwives, according to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.

The commission held its first public listening event last week in Manchester, meeting around 50 members of the public.

As well as raising awareness of modern nursing, key themes that emerged included the need to improve recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives, increase patient-centred service provision, and develop the public health role of nurses.

The commission also held its third formal meeting last week. As well as discussing progress on its five workstreams, commissioners debated why the NHS had made insufficient progress on removing barriers to effective nursing and midwifery leadership.


The commission’s five workstreams
* Quality and innovation
* A new story of nursing and midwifery
* The socioeconomic value of nursing and midwifery
* Helping and hindering forces
* Workforce, education and leadership
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  • This is another press release from the no s**t sherlock department.

    Modern Nursing is vastly different to what the public view of nurses currently is.

    The public do need to know that we are highly trained medical practitioners with a specialised and in demand set of skills. They need to realise how important we are.

    The government and our trusts also need to reflect how important nurses are through the little things like status, respect and pay that Doctors often take for granted.

    Will this happen?

    Will it hell!

    Just look at recent headlines in this same issue 'Cardiff nurses face re-banding threat' is just one example.

    Nurses will continue to be trodden on, generally treated like crap and hounded out of the profession or into other countries medical services, whilst comissions like this will continue to release a whole load of meaningless 'management speak' twaddle that never changes a damn thing.

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