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Authors Matthew Grundy-Bowers is consultant nurse (HIV and sexual health); Scott O'Brien is head of children's services; Victoria Harmer is Macmillan consultant nurse (breast); all at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London.
Abstract When reading the job title on a nurse's name badge, colleagues are often unclear about that nurse's role, experience, seniority, education level and competence. This article describes a project conducted at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London, to narrow down and simplify the titles used for its nurses, midwives and support staff.
Citation Grundy-Bowers M et al (2018) Harmonising nursing and midwifery titles in an acute hospital. Nursing Times [online]; 114: 1, 36-39.Key points
A large number of different job titles are used for nurses and midwivesKey points
The number of titles and lack of consistency in their use confuse patients and staffKey points
Many different titles results in ambiguous role expectations and the scope of practice being unclearKey points
Confusion around titles has a negative impact on the professional identity of nurses and midwives