The Jubilee Centre has today published a new research report titled Virtuous Practice in Nursing. The report draws on insights from nursing departments, students, and practitioners, and is designed to deepen understanding of the place of virtues and values in the initial education, training and subsequent professional practice in nursing.
The key findings of the report reveal that NHS pressures are hindering ethical practice and caring among nurses, with 8 out of 10 nurses reporting that they face barriers to working in a caring and compassionate manner. In his foreword to the report, Sir Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffordshire NHS inquiry, calls for nurses to be supported without having 'values and compassion crushed out of them'.
The report offers some key recommendations for enhancing the ethical dimensions of nursing education and nursing practice.
The full report can be downloaded here.
A press release accompanying the report can be found here. The report was also featured in a number of media outlets including:
The Nursing Times
The Nursing Standard