RCN centenary

The changing face of modern nursing

Nursing Standard is marking the RCN’s centenary year by celebrating the astonishing range of modern nursing roles and the often unheralded great work by nurses across the regions. In this series opener, Alison Whyte talks to nurses in the south west

Nursing Standard is marking the RCN’s centenary year by celebrating the astonishing range of modern nursing roles and the often unheralded great work by nurses across the regions. In this series opener, Alison Whyte talks to nurses in the south west.

Abstract

Throughout the UK, nurses are introducing new and imaginative ways of working, leading multidisciplinary teams or caring for people whom society has abandoned.

Below are three examples from the south west region. Lucy Clement shows how, by listening to people’s stories, nurses can help patients to lead fuller, happier lives. Karen Crane explains how a tool she has introduced in the community could prevent unnecessary deaths from sepsis. And Tim Sheppard reveals how his role as a custody nurse has made him into a ‘social worker, parent and friend’ to people everyone else has given up on.

Unsurprisingly, RCN south west director Jeannett Martin is proud of nurses in the region. ‘Nurses here are resilient, caring and committed. The work they do in sometimes difficult circumstances is amazing, but like nurses everywhere, they will always work as hard as they can to make a difference to patients.’

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 29

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