Tom Brake pledges support for nurses

March 24, 2010 5:24 PM
Tom with RCN bus volunteers

Tom with RCN volunteers

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington met nursing leaders and students from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Westminster on Wednesday 17th March. The event, on a specially customised double-decker bus, was part of the RCN which highlights the key issues for the nursing community ahead of the general election.

"The people I met today are dedicated to their jobs and to their communities," said Tom, having stepped off the bus to pose for a photo with three nurses opposite Westminster. "Nursing does count and we shouldn't take these highly-skilled people for granted or the valuable service they provide for the benefit of us all."

On the bus were student nurses from across the UK along with Janet Davies, Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery for the RCN. Tom chatted to nurses about why the shift to nursing as an all-graduate profession is so important.

As budgets get tighter and hospitals get busier, nurses are taking on greater responsibility in acute medical situations. Diploma courses for nursing are to be phased out between September 2011 and early 2013 and new entrants to the nursing profession from September 2013 will have to study a degree.

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