The Willis Commission has now published its full report into the future of nursing education.
See the key findings from the report below.
- Patient centred care should be at the heart of all pre-registration nursing education and continuing professional development.
- There were no shortcomings found in nursing education that could be directly responsible for poor standards of care or a decline in care standards.
- Nurses and their organisations must stand up to be counted on the challenge of poor care and loss of public confidence in order to restore professional pride.
- Nursing education needs to imbed patient safety and dignity as a top priority.
- Better evaluation of and research into nursing education programmes is necessary to ensure a programme that is fit for purpose.
- The future nursing workforce requires nurses to work in a variety of settings.
- Recruitment campaigns need to widen their diversity in order to encourage the widest, best possible range of applicants.
- Health care service providers must fully support nursing education.
- Universities need to recognise nursing as a practice and research discipline.
- Attention needs to be paid to developing a strategic understanding of the nursing workforce as a whole and as a UK-wide resource.