Workforce & Education ANP/Independent Nurse Prescriber in London
Comment on: Speak up, we can’t hear you
I believe part of the reason is because the RCN is focusing on the NHS - many RCN nurse members are not working in the NHS but rather in private, primary or social care organisations.
These campaigns need to be more about the wider professional voice of nursing and making nursing visible & heard. It's not that pay isn't important, because it definitely is but it's one of many areas of nursing that need to be invigorated. It's for exactly these reasons i support the RCN move to form more of professional nursing body.
Comment on: New register for nurses who carry out spirometry
This is definitely part of nursing long term conditions in primary care settings and has been for years. A register is a way to ensure quality diagnostic and monitoring spirometry is performed - particularly in general practice. Often the person performing the spirometry may not have had training for a number of years, the machines may not be regularly calibrated and this affects the readings and could adversely affect care/treatment.
I am in favour of this approach as a way to broaden recruitment into nursing without compromising standards. The best thing with apprenticeships is that they will follow one of the current nursing arms of the preregistration process and will graduate with a degree and registered nurse qualification.
Victoria, that's really encouraging to hear your thoughts and comments on working in primary or community care. If you are interested you may wish to look at the Health Education England District Nursing & General Practice Education and Career Framework. Good luck finding the right pathway for you.
Comment on: Is the title Ward sister outdated?
Yes it's outdated. I think Ward manager or just Charge nurse would be more up to date.