AUKUH Nurse Directors response to the Commission on the Future of Nursing
1 August 2009
The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) Nurse Directors have responded to the Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery. The Nurse Directors fully support the Commission’s review of the future of Nursing and Midwifery and welcome the opportunity to comment.
They think that the questions (and the commission’s focus) would be better framed around the care needs of patients (rather than the wishes of nurses) and in the context of multidisciplinary team working. Hence, rather than ask what more nurses could do, they would prefer to explore how patients needs can be met along their care pathway and who might best deliver these to support patients in the most effective way.
Nurses have historically taken on a range of tasks to fill gaps in patients care. Though laudable, this distracts nursing away from making best use of their expertise and is rarely cost effective.
The full consultation response is available to download: