Nurses 'should be role models for healthy living'

Nurses should be role models for healthy living, the prime minister's commission on the future of nursing and midwifery is expected to recommend.

The pledge is one of six revealed by Nursing Times in advance of the commission's actual conclusions.

Nursing Times reported that the six are:

1.      All nurses and midwives should uphold the NMC code and the values enshrined in the NHS constitution. They should be responsible for the quality of care for all their patients and should act to tackle substandard care.

2.      Nurses and midwives will try to make sure that people using health services and society receive the greatest benefit from health service resources. They should use their own time well to develop services and adopt best practice.

3.      Nurses and midwives should deliver care that is evidence based. They will undertake research to improve care.

4.      Nurses and midwives should be fully involved in designing and delivering services. Nurses should be role models for healthy living.

5.      Nurses and midwives should take charge of delivering compassionate care. They will innovate, challenge accepted wisdom and look for new answers.

6.      Nurses and midwives should be actively engaged in the shaping of health service policy, including funding, and new forms of treatment.

A DoH spokesman said: ‘The independent Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery is still considering its report and recommendations on the role of nurses and midwives in continuing to deliver high quality, safe and effective services for patients in the 21st century. It will shortly be publishing its final report.'

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