Crystal Oldman: We forget the extraordinary work of district nurses at our peril
Shadowing a Queen's Nurse at work reminded Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) chief executive Crystal Oldman of the outstanding and seamless care delivered by district nurses every day
Last week I took some time out from reflecting on the policy and service challenges of delivering more care in people's homes and shadowed a Queen's Nurse at work.
The embodiment of excellent care in the community, the nurse supported patients to stay in their homes, often in difficult situations.
The care I witnessed was seamless: the district nursing service worked alongside carers, healthcare assistants, Marie Curie nurses and the patient's family to support their wish to receive end of life care at home.
Care coordination was complex. It included prescribing and managing...
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