Nurses should be taught entrepreneurial skills in both pre-registration and post-registration education and training, according to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.
The commission’s final report, Front Line Care, notes that the nursing profession is often already working in new ways in response to patients’ needs.
But it adds: “Radical shifts in service delivery and philosophy, including the entrepreneurial spirit of social enterprise, provide important opportunities to increase their impact.
“More support is needed to help nurses and midwives encourage and embed innovation, including workplace cultures that stimulate new ideas and enable them to champion and deliver high quality, compassionate care in innovative ways,” the report says.
As well as adding entrepreneurial skills to training and education, the commission says courses should also build in ways to help nurses understand new technologies.
Training and education must “deliver technological understanding and skills for information, communication and practice”, it says.
Additionally, the report calls for transformational teams to be established, which would be led by nursing and midwifery innovation fellows, in order to raise standards and introduce innovation through peer review.