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Life really does go backwards at 40

District nurses are vital to the NHS – they must not be allowed to disappear | Julia Frazzleby | Commentisfree | The Guardian

on June 18, 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/18/district-nurses-vital-nhs

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5 responses to “District nurses are vital to the NHS – they must not be allowed to disappear | Julia Frazzleby | Commentisfree | The Guardian

  1. agedteenager says:

    they are going to need them now they are closing residential homes, another bloody stupid idea !

  2. davidj54 says:

    Hi, nice article. I’m a community staff nurse and I also work for the twilight team. Like you I’ve nursed all over – inner City to rural farm houses, in all weathers at all hours. I must tell you that jobs like changing a light bulb or fixing the TV remain a part of community nursing today – although I must confess I’ve never had to take a piglet to the vets!
    The community nursing service will always exist, but with the increase in numbers of community staff nurses & skilled HCA’s the amount of DN’s has diminished, leaving existing DN’s with larger caseloads to manage. The role of the DN is as much managerial these days as it is nursing, but using your knowledge & experience to manage a caseload effectively allows your staff nurses to be in a position to deliver high quality care to it’s patients. I myself am starting the DN course in September, and where I work in Leeds Community Healthcare we have seconded 9 altogether to become DN students this year – I think in light of the lack of leadership leading to poor quality care highlighted in the Francis Report they have recognised the need to recruit & train leaders, so all is not lost for the role of the district nurse!
    Best wishes,
    David

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