Should ward sisters/charge nurses have a first class honours degree?
A post-graduate course to fast-track “elite” nurses into ward management roles has been created by a partnership of trusts and universities in London.
A group of 15 candidates will be selected for the four-year course, which is due to begin in September. The scheme, believed to be the first of its kind in the NHS in England, aims to have graduates ready to go straight to a ward sister post. Only nurses with a first-class degree who graduate during the current academic year will be considered as candidates.
Students will cover 150 competencies over the four years, more than three a month. The course also involves six-month rotations through primary care, mental health, general and specialist hospital settings. Each student will be individually mentored by a director of nursing.