A voice for patients and staff as a nursing staff governor

Kathy Oxtoby talks to two nurses about their experiences in a nursing staff governor role

Kathy Oxtoby talks to two nurses about their experiences in a nursing staff governor role.

Abstract

‘I saw being a nursing staff governor as the first step towards making a difference,’ says community district nursing sister Janet Briers.

After finding out about the governor post at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through a trust-wide email, Ms Briers applied for the role because she felt ‘the voice of community services needed to be heard’.

‘I wanted to represent community nursing at the trust to make sure the issues faced by patients and staff were aired,’ says Ms Briers. She now performs the staff governor role in addition to her nursing duties.

The application process for the post involved writing 500 words of supporting evidence about why staff should vote for her, including why she wanted the job and what she could bring to the role. ‘It was about selling myself to trust members and colleagues, so I made sure I mentioned that I have 100% passion for my job,’ she says.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'A voice for patients and staff' in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 16

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