The Challenges for Nursing and Midwifery, A Discussion Paper


The overall attitude of the nurses and midwives involved is one of willingness to develop and expand practice. There is general recognition that important changes will take place in the health service, in patient and public expectations and in patients’ health care needs. The population is ageing, chronic illness is increasing, and the role of the nurse and midwife is expected to change significantly. To support these changes it is necessary for nurses and midwives to have improved access to clinical supervision, continuing professional development and education, skill mix, good information technology support and the knowledge and skills they need to provide high quality patient care which is based on sound contemporary evidence.

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