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'It’s a triumph to have two nurse leaders at top level'


It's absolutely true that I don't have a nursing background, and that I am a journalist - just like many of my predecessors who have edited this title – and who have been very successful at it. And whom I – and many other nurses – greatly admire. I have made no secret of that fact and wrote that in my very first editorial comment on this site. There are nurses on my editorial team, and I speak to nurses daily about the issues affecting them, as well as visiting and talking to nurses every week, and we have an editorial advisory board made up of people from the profession to guide our decisions. Most of the magazine is written by nurses and edited by nurses and double-blind peer reviewed by nurses. We couldn't put out a nursing title without the input of nurses, and we value that greatly. My role is different though. It's about information gathering, sourcing opinion and putting together all of this in an information package - it's about the presentation being readable and useful to you, the content and the overall feel of the magazine. I have edited magazines about paint chemistry, beauty, computers, and yes, jewellery and nursing. That may seem odd to you, but it's really very common that journalists bring their transferable skills to different markets and different professions. As for my comments about the CNO, I stand by them that it's fantastic that we are the first to have the posts sorted out - and that we have two senior nursing roles is tremendous. And Chris Beasley did an awful lot to eradicate MRSA, which you don't need to be a nurse to know is a good thing. Of course, that is my personal view and you are all welcome to disagree, in fact I love it when you do and you debate with us and challenge us. That said, I don't think that my opinion is "wrong because I am not a nurse" because I've spoken to lots of nurses about this (many at the Summit last week and the Patient Safety Awards this week) and those nurses are delighted that we have two posts, and feel that the CNO has contributed to the raising of nursing's profile among the corridors of power in Whitehall.

Posted date

11 March, 2011

Posted time

12:29 pm