But it is time for a change - the time is right, the time is now – for the voice of staff in social care to be heard. Care Home Open Week offers a much deserved opportunity to recognise the contribution made by nursing staff working in social care settings and hear these voices first hand.
In the research, as well as creating a definition for nursing in social care, four principles of practice were identified; these are: building relationships, supporting wellness, being a visible and compassionate leader, sharing knowledge and empowering others.
I would like to thank all the nurses who took part in this study, who gave their time and input through interviews, Twitter discussions and focus groups.
Read the research report - Hearing the nursing voice: listening to independent sector social care nurses