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Delivering the goods

Nurses’ clinical skills can aid the procurement process.

What is a procurement nurse?

We are a relatively new breed of nursing expert who bring clinical expertise to procurement. In principle, the aim is to deliver safer practice and economic benefits through intelligent procurement.

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How can procurement improve safety and also deliver savings?

I’ll give you an example. If I was looking at IV wound dressings, I would assess all the products in the marketplace to determine which ones work and which are less successful. This would include reviewing independent evidence. After selecting one of the right quality and negotiating a good price for the volume the hospital needed, I would initiate the change with nursing staff and manage any training and support needs.

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