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Could we learn something from the US about nursing excellence?


I have 2 separate points to make, firstly like Kathy above I was working on the floor in a hospital in Riyadh as it began its magnet journey. Myself and many of my colleagues similarly believed that it was just a process we had to go through and it wouldn't change anything, but it did start to change things. Nurses became empowered to speak out and use the skills and knowledge they already posses and build on evidence based practice to improve the quality of care provided to patients and to improve the safety of patients. It does, however, need a cultural shift in the way the hospital/trust acts and thinks and requires everyone to embrace the change that is happening. My second point is from a friend who recently had a baby who was in NICU in Oxford who was then transferred to a more local NICU when a bed became available. Her comments (without knowing anything about the magnet process) was that although the care received in both places was of a high standard, they were very close to requesting a transfer back to Oxford even though it would mean more travel because the attitude of all staff from cleaners to the consultants was completely different in Oxford where everybody seemed to be working together and listening to each other as equals. I think this speaks volumes as to why a Magnet Journey and the cultural shift in thinking so very important. Especially given the pressures facing the NHS when we need to work collaboratively more than ever.

Posted date

9 May, 2017

Posted time

2:33 pm