Analysis

QNI sets out future standards for community children's nurses

Demand for community children's nurses soars, but NHS lacks capacity, QNI report finds

In an effort to address some of the issues in community care, the Queen's Nursing Institute has published new voluntary standards for children's nursing

Community children’s nurses (CCNs) should be the future of the NHS. After all, they provide care to some of the most vulnerable people, keeping them out of hospital and living as independently as possible.

It is a role that demands a wide variety of skills. CCNs need to be negotiators, coaches, teachers and, of course, nurses. They need to collaborate with others and coordinate care for children with acute illnesses, long-term conditions, disabilities and life-limiting illness.

But to date, the role of community children’s nurses has remained largely undefined and too often overlooked, says the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

This conclusion is based on research involving 350

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