The views and insight of nurses as leaders need to be “respected, valued, listened to and acted upon.”
The head of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has paid tribute to the “skill, compassion and commitment” of nursing staff.
It comes on International Nurses’ Day, celebrating the nursing students and the 705,265 nurses and nursing associates on the NMC register.
On the theme of “A Voice to Lead”, Chief Executive and Registrar Andrea Sutcliffe explained how vital the nursing profession is to health and social care.
Ms Sutcliffe also emphasised that the views and insight of nurses as leaders need to be “respected, valued, listened to and acted upon.”
Since joining the NMC in 2018, Ms Sutcliffe has strived to drive forward change at the regulator.
A voice to lead.
In the full statement, Ms Sutcliffe said, “It’s always fantastic to see the pride that nurses and nursing associates have in their profession. Their roles take a huge amount of skill, compassion and commitment, and touch so many lives. They are at the heart of our health and social care system and as their professional regulator, today we celebrate them.
“Nurses do indeed have a voice to lead – they are the largest professional group who spend the most time with people using health and social care services. Their insight needs to be respected, valued, listened to and acted upon.
“Whether they practise in hospitals, in social care, in the community, in public health, in education and research or leadership roles, nursing professionals have worked within a tough and increasingly complex environment over the last two years. A huge thank you to them all and to the professionals of the future; our talented nursing students.”