Harmonising nursing and midwifery titles in an acute hospital

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Abstract

This article has been double-blind peer reviewed

In this article…

• Information on the lack of consistency and clarity around the job titles of nurses and midwives

In this article…

• Why too many titles in nursing and midwifery is bad for the profession

In this article…

• How Imperial College Healthcare Trust reduced the number of nursing and midwifery titles it uses

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 midwives

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The number of titles and lack of consistency in their use confuse patients and staff

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Many different titles results in ambiguous role expectations and the scope of practice being unclear

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Confusion around titles has a negative impact on the professional identity of nurses and midwives

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