Nursing students’ reflections on the Francis report
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Nursing students’ reflections on the Francis report

Gerri Kaufman Senior lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Masako Kondo Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Chrissy Knowles Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Catrin Langford Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Rebecca Leigh Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Kelly Lindsay Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York
Katie Love Third-year nursing student, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York

This article explores nursing students’ reflections on the criticisms of nursing highlighted in the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Francis 2013). Their reflections on the concerns identified in the report raise awareness of factors that are important in the delivery of compassionate patient-centred care. The media portrayal of nursing in the aftermath of the report and its implications for the nursing profession and nursing practice is considered, and the vital elements required to foster a culture of compassionate care within care environments are examined.

Nursing Standard. 29, 3,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.3.37.e9102

Received: 07 May 2014

Accepted: 07 July 2014

Published in print: 17 September 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review