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Applying the 6Cs of nursing care to our colleagues

Nurses should pull together to implement the outgoing CNO's 6Cs of nursing care
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Nurses should pull together to implement the outgoing CNO's 6Cs of nursing care, writes Helene Donnelly

Knowing that Jane Cummings is stepping down as chief nursing officer (CNO) for England has got me thinking about her 6Cs of nursing: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment.

They stand for our professional commitment to always deliver professional care to our patients. But how are these applied to our relationships with colleagues?

Applying the 6Cs

I have been shocked during my nursing career by how NHS staff treat each other. It continues to astound me how professionals working in health and social care can be so uncaring towards each other. Why is this? And how can we break down the negative behaviours and conduct of some, which impedes us from delivering professional, high-quality care to our patients.

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