How to ensure junior staff are safe to step up
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How to ensure junior staff are safe to step up

Emily McWhirter Director of nursing, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London

COVID-19 has made ward manager duties even more challenging – and it is even more likely that junior staff will have to take them on

Iremember my first day in charge of a ward as if it were yesterday. I had qualified four months earlier and was on a 28-bed surgical ward. When I arrived for my shift, I was told the ward sister was off sick and I would be in charge and I would be fine.

Nursing Standard. 36, 5, 44-44. doi: 10.7748/ns.36.5.44.s21

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