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RCN launches guide on dignity for nurses

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A new resource to help nurses across all settings treat their patients with dignity has been launched by the RCN.

The Practice Support Pack: Delivering Dignified Care, developed jointly by the RCN and Help the Aged, was launched today at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

It includes short films that illustrate how people feel when they do not receive dignified care and examples of how many nurses across the country are already leading the way in providing dignified patient care. The RCN hopes it will enable nursing teams to share best practice by holding workshops locally.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Politicians on both sides of the divide have made pledges on improving patient dignity, but today the RCN is taking action and launching a resource pack that represents a giant leap towards providing dignified care for every patient and client in every part of healthcare.’

The results of a college survey, revealed in March, found that 80% of nurses felt distressed or upset because they felt that they were not able to ensure their patients received the care they deserved.

Click here to access the Dignity Influencing Resource.

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