Employers 'must support CNO's strategy'

Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:39
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England's three-year vision and strategy for nursing needs to be supported by appropriate education and training, and adequate resources, the Royal College of Nursing said today.

Jane Cummings will announce the strategy at the annual CNO conference in Manchester.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, welcomed the CNO's emphasis on high quality, compassionate care for patients, adding: "We are also pleased to see that there is a focus on the importance of a motivated and well supported workforce in delivering this vision."

Dr Carter said the RCN's Principles of Nursing Practice, developed with members and patient groups, echoed much of the CNO's vision. "Our members are working tirelessly and under a great deal of pressure to deliver the best possible care to patients and these values will support that work."

He said that for the vision to be realised successfully, it will need to be embraced not only by nursing staff, but also by employers. "It needs to be supported by the right level of education and training, and nurse leaders at all levels will need the right support and resources to ensure the vision becomes a reality.

"It is also important to recognise staffing levels have a real impact on patient care, and if staff have unmanageable workloads then the quality of patient care will inevitably suffer."

Source: ©RCN

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