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QNI report will highlight community nursing’s status and influence government reform

16th October 2013

Dennison R (2013) Answering the QNI’s call. Br J Community Nursing 18(10): 475

This editorial welcomes the DoH’s recently announced intentions to focus on out-of hospital care and hopes that the Queen’s Nursing Institute will be able to influence any decisions that are made. It encourages community nurses to participate in the survey being conducted by the QNI which it will use to update its 2020 Vision: Focusing on the Future of District Nursing report which was published in 2009 and was the basis of its ‘Right Nurse, Right Skills’ campaign which secured investment in the profession.

The QNI is trying to build a picture of community nursing today by asking nurses to tell them their experiences and opinions. It will use the results to highlight any issues that need addressing in the profession and it will try to ensure that community nursing is supported financially and structurally and community nurses are not undervalued.

The report may go some way to publicise the status of the community nurse, which often gets scant mention.

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