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CNOs leading project to help nurses ‘live the code’

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Senior nurses are working on a set of resources to help nurses and midwives “live” the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new code of conduct in their everyday practice.

Expected to be available from January 2017, they are intended to help registrants adopt the code and ensure it makes practice consistent and raises professionalism generally in nursing.

“This work will help us articulate what that means in nursing”

Charlotte McArdle

The UK’s four chief nursing officers are working in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to produce the resources. The Professionalism in Practice project is being led by CNO for Northern Ireland Charlotte McArdle.

The project’s strategic board also comprises senior nurses and midwives, frontline staff, service users and representatives from the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and higher education institutions.

It will produce a range of films and other resources to highlight what professionalism means to nurses and midwives, as well as their patients.

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CNOs leading project to help nurses ‘live the code’

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Charlotte McArdle

“We will develop these resources and make case studies live,” said Ms McArdle at the Florence Nightingale Foundation annual conference in London today.

“The work is intended to help and support you to live the values of the code, and help policy makers, frontline nurses and midwives and the public understand those values too,” she told delegates.

“Professionalism is what you do when you are the only person in the room, it is your professional conscience,” she said. “This work will help us articulate what that means in nursing.”

A process of engagement on the planned resources starts next month and will run until September.

They are scheduled to be launched in January 2017 and be made available on the NMC website.

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  • I have lived, worked, slept, eaten and inwardly digested 'the code' all my professional life, the ICN one and the very similar former NMC one.

    Most nurses I know and have worked with also follow these very same ethical principles. What is the problem?

    Could we spend our time and money looking at the fundamental problems affecting healthcare instead such as making nursing and medicine attractive professions where people are still proud to deliver healthcare to the very best of their ability to their patients in an environment where they can grow, develop and drive improvements life long.

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