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The value nurses and midwives hold

02 January 2020
Volume 28 · Issue 1


Sally Nuttall, a registered nurse, and Dr Sally Pezaro, a registered midwife, come together to share ideas in relation to what makes the nursing and midwifery professions so trustworthy

As the World Health Organization announced 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife, many influential organisations are rallying round to showcase the achievements of the professions and give a platform to celebrate those who have dedicated their careers to caring and empowering others.

In a climate whereby polar opposite political parties have been campaigning for change in the UK, one clear message has united them all; the value the public hold in nurses and midwives as the backbone of our community and healthcare services. This, in turn, is reflective of popular electorate opinion—nursing has been consistently polled as the UK's most trusted profession ahead of doctors and teachers, where conversely our politicians and media outlets have seen a downturn (Ipsos MORI, 2019). This leads us to consider ‘why’ this consistency remains; is it actually who we are as nurses and midwives that makes us so trustworthy?

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