Role of the ward sister: tensions, pressures and opportunities
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Role of the ward sister: tensions, pressures and opportunities

Carole Doherty Lecturer in health care management
Mark Gatenby Research fellow
Colin Hales Professorial research fellow, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Surrey, Guildford

This article investigates the factors that have shaped the role and work experiences of ward sisters and charge nurses. The article considers how ward sisters make sense of the tensions between their clinical and managerial responsibilities and the contradictions inherent in different aspects of their role. It offers suggestions on how these tensions might be alleviated.

Nursing Standard. 24, 51,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.08.24.51.35.c7941

Correspondence

c.doherty@surrey.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review