Nurses should be respected and be able to have pride in their profession, according to England’s next chief nursing officer.
Jane Cummings was appointed as CNO on the new the NHS Commissioning Board Authority in March. The body will be responsible for much of the day to day running of the health service at a national level.
Speaking at the inaugural Student Nursing Times Awards last week, Ms Cummings said nurse education and training was “fundamental to the success of the NHS in the future”.
She told those attending the awards ceremony in London “it was clear” the country had “some fantastic teaching institutions” and “some fabulous lecturers”.
Ms Cummings went on to highlight the importance she attached to having pride in being a member of the nursing profession.
She said: “I want every nurse to be proud of their profession, every time they go to work. I want nurses to be respected for the care they deliver and the difference they make to every patient they meet.
“It is a privilege to be a nurse and the skill of today’s nurses is to treat patients with compassion, dignity and respect and at the same time, ensure this is consistent wherever we deliver care and however complex or technologically advanced the treatment is.”
She added: “This calls for professional knowledge, leadership and vision all underpinned with a desire to put the patient’s needs first.”