The key to nursingBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7012.1099 (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1099
- Sarah Burns
The life of Riley gave Sue Riley the opportunity to offer a “fly on the wall” look at her working life as a ward sister at Newham General Hospital. Or should I say “acting ward sister” as it seemed that only at the end of the programme after her appraisal interview was this confirmed. She seemed to be doing the job on an acting up basis without the financial reward—is this a typical cost saving measure?
Her camcorder followed her as she went about managing West Ham Ward—dealing with admissions and discharges; giving care to her patients; liaising with doctors about that care; managing the beds; and …