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'What does the new nursing framework mean for us students?'


Unless you have been hiding in a cave this week you can’t fail to have heard that Jane Cummings has announced a new framework for nursing care.

This has been met with mixed emotions with some people excited to embrace the proposed culture of putting care and compassion right back at the heart of nursing; Whilst others have felt attacked as they feel that the new framework suggest that nurses don’t already care.

I am one of the many who have chose to embrace this wholeheartedly; I understand the doubts, but feel that negative public perceptions need to change. If we want the public to get onboard and support us as a profession, we need to take on the negative press and show how much we do care. We need to share our achievements more and celebrate excellence, let’s get our house in order and show everyone that nurses not only care; but that they are proud to care.

As a learning disability student nurse, I am interested in seeing how this framework relates to LD nursing. In my role as student representative on The Strengthening the Commitment England implementation group, I am very aware of the four countries reaffirmation of the importance of our branch of nursing. Jane Cummings statement of intent in the 6Cs and her vision for the future of nursing is extremely relevant to this document.

 The 6c’s stand for:

  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Commitment

Luckily for me I am a member of a network of LD professionals @LDnursechat, whom have been following and involved with the consultations related to this framework. @LDnursechat analysed the responses and comments from these chats and produced a response document requesting that the 6C’s needed further clarification and interpretation for LD nursing and forwarded this to Viv Bennett.

If, like me, you want to be involved in the future of LD nursing, come forward have you voice heard, comment on the document we have produced; it’s a working document. I want the views of LD nurses to be heard; after all we understand what our clients need from a nurse so let’s make sure they get it.

“This is prime time for learning disability nurses to be engaging in this conversation. This is the opportune moment to categorically restate our position within the family of nursing, to shape our future and to support and challenge our ‘siblings’ with their practice” (Marsden, 2012).

Follow @LDnursechat on twitter fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm using #ldchat to join the conversations.

Michelle Parker is the student nurse editor for learning disability nursing for student nursing times.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Michael Whitehead

    Great article Michelle. I can vouch for what Michelle is saying RE: #LDNursechat. I have watched and participated in a few chats, and I have been impressed by the following it recieves and the contributors that are involved on a weekly basis. Definitely recommend to follow!

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  • Well done Michelle. As a nurse (although not in LD) who is coming up to retirement you give me a bit more hope for the future of nursing. Keep up the good work. Students like you have the potential to really transform the care delivery system and overcome the sometimes awful institutional and cultural hurdles that impede our best practice. I wish you very well for your career as a LD nurse.

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