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Reports call for nursing care to be measured

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Nurses have welcomed the launch of two long awaited documents, detailing how the nursing profession must be modernised and how nursing care can be measured.

Nursing in Society: starting the debate outlines the challenges facing the nursing profession and how it must change to meet them.

Meanwhile State of the art metrics for nursing: a rapid appraisal recommends that nursing care should be measured according to a set of measurable standards.

It recommends that a new National Quality Board should be established to oversee the introduction of nursing indicators for safety, effectiveness and compassion.

Peter Carter, RCN general secretary, said: ‘We now have a range of tools to help nurses determine what really matters to patients. But let’s be clear, this isn’t about how often nurses smile at patients. This is about measuring the things that really matter - dignity, compassion, nutrition and cleanliness.

‘This is an opportunity to make significant and long–lasting changes in the delivery of care to patients and the RCN will work closely with the Government and key stakeholders to ensure that we don’t miss this opportunity.’

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