As well as the introduction of a nursing pledge, the protection of the title nurse and the strengthening of the sister role, the commission recommends the following:
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Flexible career structures and competencies
Degree and training courses should ensure nurses and midwives can work across a wide range of care settings from hospitals to community services and social care. This should also allow them to change jobs with minimal need for retraining and better care for people with long term conditions.
A new scheme will identify the potential future nurse leaders and offer them training and mentorship with a view to fast-tracking them into high profile roles and posts.
The policy must be implemented “in full” with a degree becoming mandatory for a specialist and leadership role by 2020. But those nurses without degrees must be “strongly supported” to get degrees if they wish.
More recognition for the role of the midwife
Every woman to have a named midwife responsible for coordinating her care and enhancing the contribution good midwifery makes to reducing health inequalities.
Nurses’ own health and wellbeing
Employers should help nursing staff lead healthy lives and act as role models to the rest of the public.
A rapid review of nurse education should consider reforming the nurse education structure to better integrate practice, education and research and improve nurses’ research skills.
High level review of technology
The review group will be asked to scope options for better integrating technology and informatics into pre- and post-registration training.
A new scheme and fellowship awards to encourage innovation in nursing services
Fellows will be appointed through the health and innovation clusters and lead turnaround teams addressing poor care and raising standards.
Marketing nursing as a career
Separate campaigns telling “new stories” about nursing and midwifery, improving their image and painting an appealing picture of career opportunities.
Recruitment should focus on high calibre candidates and reposition nursing and midwifery as popular choices for school leavers wanting a graduate profession.
Efforts should also be made to seek out career changers and those from under-represented groups, including men.
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