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The big question: do all nurses have a duty to boost public health?

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All nurses will be supported in making “every contact count” to help improve the health and wellbeing of their patients, according to the Department of Health’s director of nursing Viv Bennett.

The newly created body Public Health England will produce a set of guidance specifically aimed at helping nurses promote healthy lifestyles, which will be launched in June.

“Every nurse and midwife has a responsibility to make every contact count for health and wellbeing - and so providing support, information, education around that is really important,” said Professor Bennett.

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  • I had to read this twice to believe it actually said what it does. Each individual nurse makes up the collective nursing workforce. Therefore why is a set of guidance necessary aimed at nurses to promote healthy lifestyles i.e. effectively telling them how to do their jobs which they spent years qualifying for? All nurses are bound by accountability, and hopefully most have common sense, so this comes across as patronising and belittling once again of a respected profession. Public Health England need to get round the table again, and check they have enough nurses on their board of directors, or at least consult before throwing ill thought out things like this in the mix.

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