Nurses are failing to apply for and take over leadership roles in the NHS because they are modest about their abilities, according to Royal College of Nursing president Andrea Spyropoulos.
Speaking at the RCN Congress today, she told delegates: “If I could do anything, I would ban the word ‘only’ from nurses’ vocabulary. For 30 years, I used to say ’I’m only a nurse’ until my husband banned me from saying it.
“You don’t hear teachers and doctors saying ‘I’m only a teacher, I’m only a doctor’ and you’re worth 10 of some of those people in those professions,” she added.
“This is why we haven’t got nurses in those leadership roles, because we think it’s not us.”
She told delegates she believed nurses have got the skills to be strong nurse managers and leaders and should be putting themselves forward for these roles.