Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Take Your Director to Work Day

Every Director across each health and care economy should spend at least one day a week shadowing a nurse or a midwife to walk in their shoes for a few hours. This would help there to be a shared understanding of nurses and midwives:

* decisions making skills, every minute of every shift

* natural leaderships styles, to bring a team along with them

and many more.

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Laura Anisha Habib - Innovation Champion Jan 15, 2018

Fabulous idea Bev and absolutely after with the value in this.

We have a shadowing programme where staff no matter what role can shadow another. Whether it be a director, housekeeper, nurse etc. For example I was shadowed on the ward by NHS Digital, I shadowed a director, a colleague shadowed the innovation manager... We wrote a blog about the experiences, It's a great way to learn about what each of us contribute to the service and how what each of us do plays a crucial part in the care of others. Do other areas do this or is it local to SWYFPT?

Our managers, directors are currently more present than in the past which is great. It would be good if the medics could spend a day on the ward, although in my experience some patients do behave differently when they are there so it's not a full representation of the continuous work that goes on on the ward but still, it will provide some insight into the mechanics of the ward and a snapshot of the day in the life of a nurse. Vice versea would be good too as I'm sure the work that goes on behind closed doors is abundant as in many areas.

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Wendy Nicholson 11 months ago

I think this needs to be a 2 way process - it's about both roles being respected by each other and both understanding the challenges and opportunities


Lynnette Leman 9 months ago

Status label added: Decision makers


Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 6. Inspiring & supportive Lead