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Queen's Nursing Institute backs call for district nurse qualification

QNI chief executive underlines why district nurses are one of the NHS's greatest assets.
Crystal Oldman

RCN congress in June passed a resolution urging RCN council to lobby for all district nurse caseload holders to have a specialist practitioner qualification, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) and QNI Scotland (QNIS) are delighted to see this position affirmed. It backs the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice, published last year (see tinyurl.com/voluntary-standards).

District nurses are expert generalists. Patient and carer needs in the community are often complex and unpredictable, and the range of skills district nurses need is vast.

Nursing asset

My lovely sister Sarah, who is in her early fifties, is experiencing a relapse of her leukaemia. She lives alone, has no children and her main carers are our parents, aged 80 and 85.

After two cycles of chemotherapy she now needs a stem cell transplant at a specialist hospital that is two

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RCN congress in June passed a resolution urging RCN council to lobby for all district nurse caseload holders to have a specialist practitioner qualification, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and QNI Scotland (QNIS) are delighted to see this position affirmed. It backs the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice, published last year (see tinyurl.com/voluntary-standards).

District nurses are expert generalists. Patient and carer needs in the community are often complex and unpredictable, and the range of skills district nurses need is vast. 

Nursing asset

My lovely sister Sarah, who is in her early fifties, is experiencing a relapse of her leukaemia. She lives alone, has no children and her main carers are our parents, aged 80 and 85. 

After two cycles of chemotherapy she now needs a stem cell transplant at a specialist hospital that is two hours’ drive away. 

The transplant carries significant risks and, once home, Sarah will have holistic care from the district nursing service as key care coordinators, who will support her physical, social, mental and emotional needs as she faces an uncertain future. 

For Sarah and others like her, the district nurse is one of the NHS’s greatest assets. 

Crystal Oldman

Crystal Oldman is chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute

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