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Nurses need an opportunity to meet directors, says RCN

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It is ‘wholly unacceptable’ for nurses not to know the identity of their nursing director according to RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Cater.

Dr Carter was reacting to a survey carried out by Nursing Times which revealed that one in five nurses do not know the name of their nursing director.

He added that the “critical mass of nurses should have the opportunity to meet their director and share their concerns.”

Speaking at an event on management organised by Kings College, Dr Carter also expressed concerns about the readiness of nurses to take on director posts. “We don’t prepare nurses effectively”, he said.

The survey indicated that nursing directors were not always effective on NHS boards.

Dr Carter concluded by saying that he did not think the answer to concerns over NHS management was to move doctors into senior management roles. “I don’t believe consultants have the skills and orientation to do the job. Most of them [who have made the move] have struggled.”

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