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McGimpsey makes Ward Sister the ‘Boss’

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Health Minister has outlined how the ward sister is in charge of his/her respective part of a hospital.

Speaking at a conference in the Kings Hall, Belfast, where the updated role of the ward sister was explored, Michael McGimpsey said: “I believe that the ward sister is the authority figure on the ward. You are in charge. You say how your ward is run. You say how and when your ward is cleaned. And you have a say in how your staff behave. You are ‘the Boss’.

“Earlier this year I provided £2million recurrent funding for this role. The public expect high standards from hospital staff. They want someone who is responsible for the running of the ward, the standard of cleanliness in that ward and to support patients as they recover from their illness. Ward Sisters and Charge Nurses across Northern Ireland now have the support to take charge of their ward and this will make a great difference to the patient experience.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Regional: ‘Leading Patient Care’ Project commenced in October 2009. The project involves a wide range of staff from the HSC Trusts with a particular focus on engaging with ward sisters and charge nurses to ensure ownership of the following outcomes:

  • A role framework and generic job description to provide clarity on role and function of Ward Sister.
  • A competence assessment tool which can be used as an aid to personal development .
  • Learning and development outcomes geared towards supporting those staff nurses aspiring to be future Ward Sisters.
  • A toolkit of resources accessible on NIPEC website.

2. There are around 400 ward sisters/charge nurses working in hospitals across Northern Ireland.

3. Ward sisters (female) and charge nurses (male) will wear a mid blue uniform.

4. Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0575. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.