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Jane Cummings: Dispelling myths of what it means to be a nurse

Nurses and midwives are highly skilled professionals who touch every corner of healthcare. By supporting the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery campaign you can help people better understand what we do, says chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings

Nurses and midwives are highly skilled professionals who touch every corner of healthcare. By supporting the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery campaign you can help people better understand what we do, says chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings


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One of my priorities at my last annual summit was a campaign to tackle the myths and stereotypes linked to what it is to be a nurse or midwife.

Many people believe nursing is a vocation, but nurses and midwives are highly skilled professionals who use expert knowledge, clinical skills and compassion to care for and support those in need.

Nursing is not just about handholding or being a ‘doctor’s handmaiden’, but this is often overlooked. We need to work collectively to enable everyone, including the public, to better understand how nurses touch every corner of the health and care system.

Stories and ideas

Over the past 12 months our perceptions work has seen us hold several workshops with national organisations and the royal colleges as well as four Twitter chats – the latest reaching almost ten million people.

The 2018 chief nursing officer’s summit is just around the corner. We will touch on the fantastic stories and ideas we have gathered from those who have engaged with the programme so far – almost 11,000 people – and use these to shape our perceptions of nursing and midwifery work.

If you haven’t done so already, please support the perceptions of nursing and midwifery campaign by sharing your stories, ideas and innovations on the new dedicated platform.


Jane Cummings is the chief nursing officer for England 

 

 

Further information

The CNO Summit 2018 will be held on 7-8 March at the ACC Liverpool. Click here to find out more.

 

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