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Ward sister role to be reviewed in NI

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A review has been ordered into the role of the ward sister in Northern Ireland after concerns were raised about workload pressures by the RCN.

Chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland Martin Bradley will carry out the review on the instruction of health minister Michael McGimpsey, who said that the role was crucial to hospital care.

Mary Hinds, director of RCN Northern Ireland, said: ‘The ward sister is essential to providing care based on dignity, humanity and compassion.

‘We want the bureaucracy and paperwork, which ward sisters have to do, removed to allow them to be more visible and engaged in clinical care,’ she added.

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