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Tags: care, District Nurses, health, NHS, Nursing, The Guardian
they are going to need them now they are closing residential homes, another bloody stupid idea !
Very true, where are they all supposed to go!
they dont want anyone taking up hospital beds so they send them home where they will need continued care, district nurses must be saving the NHS a fortune
They sure did in my day…
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!
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