Proving the worth of HIV nurses

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community), Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, London

Abstract
Rarely have nurses had to justify and quantify their role. However, since the recession in 2008 and far-reaching cuts across health care, nursing roles have been put under scrutiny. Nurses now have to work to outcomes and targets for the first time, and the value of the nurse, their role and worth to health care is being questioned. Once seen as a safe role within care many nurses now feel pressurised to justify and expand their role to add value. But what does this mean? How can nurses prove their worth and add value, and what tools are available to facilitate this change?

Keywords: added value, worth, validation, HIV nurses