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S5W-13219: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will establish a more positive culture to support nurses, as per the Nursing 2030 vision.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 December 2017

The Nursing 2030 Vision sets a direction for nursing across Scotland through to 2030 in order to promote confident, competent and collaborative nursing for Scotland's future. To support nurses as we move towards 2030, the Vision emphasises the importance of promoting and providing clear and exciting career opportunities, supported by the right education and development; ensuring that practitioners are supported, enabled and listened to and that they have access to ongoing supervision appropriate to their roles; and putting in place measures to protect and promote nurses' health and wellbeing.

The Vision also emphasises the importance of ensuring that nursing is better understood by the public, enhancing their knowledge of how nursing can benefit them and increasing nursing's appeal as a career option. On 7 December 2017, the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland published a report on Widening Participation in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers. The report recommends a range of measures to attract people into nursing, including a national campaign to recruit a more diverse workforce and tackle negative stereotypes.

A detailed action plan will be developed to set out measures to make the ideas in the Vision a reality over the short, medium and long terms, including to establish a more positive culture.