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Heather Henry: Time for straight talk about nursing’s hierarchies

Workforce strategies must adopt new approaches and consider how nurses can become enablers of solutions rather than simply deliverers of services, says Heather Henry

Workforce strategies must adopt new approaches and consider how nurses can become enablers of solutions rather than simply deliverers of services, says Heather Henry

We are about halfway through the consultation period on the new Health Education England (HEE) workforce strategy, Facing Facts, Shaping the Future. This is an ideal opportunity to talk about some elephants in the room – things that are not generally spoken about when it comes to workforce planning.

The first consideration is the unspoken hierarchy of nursing specialties and how this needs to be challenged.

Secondary care is not more prestigious than other sectors and yet we constantly see a culture that promotes earning your stripes in hospitals before working in the community or elsewhere.

Understanding the social aspect

This is one reason why primary care nursing, for example, has been brought

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