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Nurses neither saints nor sinners, says Unison

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Modern nurses are “neither saints nor sinners” and relate more to Nurse Jackie than Carry on Nurse, a leading nursing union has said in response to the final report of Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.

The commission’s final report, Front Line Care, was published today and set out 20 recommendations on how nursing and midwifery should be developed and supported in future.

Responding to the report, the union Unison said it welcomed the report’s focus on “high quality, compassionate nursing”, the title given to the first of six key themes in the document.

In a statement, the union described the report as “sweeping away old fashioned ideas and replacing them with the reality of the highly professional nurses and midwives of today”.
Unison head of nursing Gail Adams said: “This report makes clear the central role nurses and midwives play in ensuring patients receive high quality compassionate care.  
“We need to tell the tale of modern nursing and midwifery today, to make sure people make decisions about joining the profession based on reality, not on stereotypes or historical caricatures,” she said.  

“Nurses are neither saints nor sinners and more would relate to the patient advocate role in Nurse Jackie, than to Carry on Nurse,” she added.

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  • It has always been so .........
    I remember a series called 'Angels' when I started nursing many years ago and when my sister started - years before that it was Emergency Ward 10 ...... since then we have had Casualty, Holby City and a host of other such drama's. Give the new-comers a moment of bliss will you -before they find out what the job is really like ! NOTHING can really prepare you for nursing before you start - only already doing the job (paid or unpaid). Of course Nurse Jackie is closer to the mark but for goodness sake let new nurses at least feel like they have a 'vocation' to help the sick and needy for a while.

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