The Francis report has recommended that ward nurse managers should operate in a supervisory capacity, and not be office-bound or considered an extra pair of hands.
They should know about the care plans relating to every patient on the ward and make themselves visible to patients and staff. Critically, they should work alongside staff as a role model and mentor, developing clinical competencies and leadership skills within the team.
Do ward sisters spend too much time on paper work?
Are they regularly included in the numbers because of staff shortages?
Do they have appropriate training to take on leadership roles?
What support do they need to get out of the office?
Join our @NTTwitchat when we will be discussing the role of the ward sister on 1st March at 3pm