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Nurses asked for views to help form future Scottish ‘vision’

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The chief nursing officer for Scotland has called on nurses to contribute to the development a new strategy for future development of the profession.

Professor Fiona McQueen has launched a survey and a series of engagement tools to encourage local meetings to gain views for her Nursing Vision 2030.

The goal of the strategy is to produce a “vision for maximising the nursing contribution to health and wellbeing” that is informed and supported by the nursing workforce, students and stakeholders.

It will set out “what nursing needs to look like by 2030 and capture the things we do well, along with the things that need to change and be done differently”, said Professor McQueen.

The CNO said she was asking for help in hosting local engagement sessions so nurses, student nurses, or representatives of the profession could contribute.

Those unable to take part in local engagement conversations are being urged to complete an online survey, said Professor McQueen. The exercise asks nurses for their views across a range of topics.

For example, it asks what can nursing contribute to health and social care by 2030, and what should “care and compassion” look like in the context of the future nursing workforce.

In addition, how should nursing be positioned as a “really attractive career choice” and what does the profession do well and what does it need to change to make all nurses want to remain in it.

It also asks how pre-and post-registration training should change to reflect “population needs as we move towards 2030”, and what role should nursing play in health promotion and public health.

CNO for Scotland

Professor Fiona McQueen appointed CNO for Scotland

Fiona McQueen

Meanwhile, it includes questions on evolving role of nursing to “reflect” population needs and what role should nurses play in the context of more care being provided in the community.

“I intend to publish the 2030 vision in summer 2017,” stated the CNO for Scotland.

She noted that the work was also being carried out in the context of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s review of standards for nurse education across the UK.

“As you are aware, work on the NMC Review of Standards for Education will begin in late 2016,” she said.

“We expect that much of what is said in our discussions on the future of nursing in Scotland will also be used to feed into the NMC review work,” she added.

A letter and presentation also form the part of the engagement toolkit, which are designed to encourage at least 5% of the Scottish nursing workforce to air their views.

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