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Change and challenge: 30 years of senior nursing

If you could turn back time, would you? A senior nurse today may have more influence than their 1987 counterpart but they are also working in a complex system under huge pressure. Caroline Shuldham marks Nursing Standard’s 30th birthday by examining the development of senior nursing roles over the past three decades.
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If you could turn back time, would you? A senior nurse today may have more influence than their 1987 counterpart but they are also working in a complex system under huge pressure. Caroline Shuldham marks Nursing Standard’s 30th birthday by examining the development of senior nursing roles over the past three decades.

Hierarchies flattened, patients armed with information from the internet, higher education for nurses, a digital revolution and millennials in the workforce – all part of the world of nursing in 2017. But how did we get here? In particular, how have senior nurse roles changed over the lifetime of Nursing Standard?

Caroline Shuldham in 1990

In 1987 I worked in a hospital-based school of nursing. Nursing education was changing with Project 2000 as students ceased being apprentices, as I had been,

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