This was one of the main messages from the RCN in its submission to the prime minister's Commission on Nursing and Midwifery.
- There should be a director of nursing on every health organisation's board,
- Healthcare assistants need to be regulated alongside nurses, and,
- Nursing must be promoted as a life-long career, with extensive opportunities to develop skills, and encouragement for school leavers and mature students to enter the all-graduate profession from 2015.
Janet Davies, the RCN's executive director of nursing and service delivery, said: ‘In the health service of the future, high quality care will continue to be as important as medical breakthroughs, therefore we will need nurses who can use their skills in all settings from acute hospitals to community settings.'