Nurses need employer support to give the best care, says researcher

Support for staff wellbeing is vital to ensure high quality patient care, says head of nursing research unit

Employers need to promote nurses’ wellbeing so they can give the compassionate care they entered the profession to provide, a conference heard.

Jill Maben, director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London, said the 2013 Francis report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, highlighted a need to recruit people with the ‘right’ values.

‘Implicit in that was somehow we had not been, and we were recruiting all these bad people in the NHS,’ said Professor Maben, speaking a conference on healthcare staff wellbeing at The King's Fund in London.

She added: ‘What if we have been recruiting the right people in the NHS, but actually, through our system in the NHS, we were doing something that eroded their compassion?’

Professor Maben said her research on the effect of staff wellbeing on performance and patient care revealed nurses derive significant


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