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Supporting staff nurses to train as community specialist district nurse practitioners


Is this new role supposed to qualify these nurses as health visitors and school nurses as well, or just manage the district nurse team? And why is it that the nursing profession believe that having a management qualification, taken as part of a degree or on its own, makes those nurses good managers? What is sadly lacking here is the recognition that specialist roles require a high level of practical experience within those roles, you can't learn everything from books and short clinical observation/supervision sessions. Management particularly is not learned from books and lectures; people that make good leaders have to have the personal qualities to do so. There are far too many people in management positions that have no idea of how to lead a team but are good at paperwork, which is one reason why the NHS is in such a mess. However, on a more positive note, I think it is fantastic that a career pathway for community nurses has been developed as it can only encourage those that want to move onwards and upwards int their development. But please, don't try and tell me that these District Nurse Specialist Practitioner is going to include such specialisms as health visiting, school nursing and midwifery. These are areas that require nurses dedicated to those, not a generic district nursing qualification.

Posted date

22 April, 2010

Posted time

10:18 am