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.