Simon Hudson, Director at Hays Healthcare, comments on the report from the Willis Commission on Nursing Education which recommends that all nurses should be educated to degree level and be given more responsibility.
“We support any measures to help nurses deliver high quality skills and the ability to make senior level decisions. However, it is still important that the practical aspect of patient care continues to work alongside and complement academic qualifications. With a current shortage of specialist nurses, it is imperative that those who have a diploma should be supported to successfully convert these to degrees. The search for a more qualified workforce shouldn’t detract from the vital caring and compassionate skills that all nursing professionals need. Nurses need to have a balance between theoretical understanding and strong caring skills, which can only be developed through time spent on wards.”