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Narrowing the range of responsibilities

The University of Birmingham's Yvonne Sawbridge asks if there is a case for chief nurses to concentrate solely on leading the nursing workforce.
Director, matron, sister

The University of Birmingham's Yvonne Sawbridge asks if there is a case for chief nurses to concentrate solely on leading the nursing workforce

At RCN Congress in Liverpool this year, I attended a fringe meeting to discuss the role of nurse directors, specifically in relation to the quality-monitoring and regulation processes. It was a debate informed by plenty of inspirational nurses who were proud and capable, yet also humble.

One intriguing aspect was the degree of positivity that framed the range of roles and responsibilities that nurse directors hold.

We may have unique skill sets, and an ability to turn our hands to most things, but, given recent serious issues of care, such as those highlighted in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry

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