The modern renaissance of the district nurse
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The modern renaissance of the district nurse

Sarah Kraszewski Head of department, Anglia Ruskin University, Primary and Public Health, Chelmsford Campus, Chelmsford
Kellie Norris Senior lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Primary and Public Health, Chelmsford Campus, Chelmsford

Sarah Kraszewski and Kellie Norris explore how changes in policy and patient populations are affecting district nursing and how one course was tailored to address these developments

As a profession, district nursing has experienced significant depletion in recent years. However, district nurses are centre stage in terms of the delivery of government policy to move care closer to the patient’s home. This article reviews some of the challenges faced by district nurses, such as the changing patient demographic and delivering specialist care in people’s homes, the effect of current policy and the development of a new course in one university designed to equip practitioners with the skills required to address the demands of the 21st century.

Primary Health Care. 24, 9,26-30. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.9.26.e914

Correspondence

sarah.kraszewski@anglia.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 April 2014

Accepted: 15 July 2014