Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales has been working with RCN members on developing a strategy to promote the important role of registered nurses in care homes.
RCN Wales previously invited members from the Welsh care home sector to meet with Members of the Senedd and discuss some of the key themes around nursing in care homes.
During the RCN2020 debate, it was concluded that the positives of care home nursing should be celebrated. It was recommended that the Welsh Government should work with Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales on a national campaign to raise the profile of registered nursing in Welsh care homes, with a focus on recruitment and retention of nursing staff in the social care sector.
RCN Wales has also recently launched a campaign manifesto for the 2021 Senedd elections, highlighting the essential role of registered nurses in promoting residents’ independence and health, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, making decisions about long-term health conditions, and delivering high quality palliative and end of life care.
Helen Whyley, director RCN Wales, said: “Registered nurses in care homes are vital. Every care home across Wales needs one. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear how valuable registered nurses in care homes are; they have gone above and beyond in the face of unprecedented challenges to care for our loved ones throughout this crisis.
“It is time for the Welsh Government to raise the profile of registered nursing in care homes, providing professional recognition as well as pay, terms and conditions commensurate with other nursing colleagues. Not only will this show nurses in care homes that they are valued – it will make this a more attractive career option to nursing students, which could lead to a much-needed improvement in the numbers of nurses employed within care homes.”