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Chief Nursing Officer

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The Nurse Staffing Levels Act (Wales) places a duty on health boards and NHS Trusts to calculate and maintain nurse staffing levels in adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards.
Advising the Welsh Government on matters relating to the nursing and midwifery professions.
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Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer

Supporting the Welsh Government with professional nursing and midwifery advice.  

Professor Jean White is the head of the nursing and midwifery professions in Wales. She is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Nurse Director of NHS Wales. She provides expert advice to the Welsh Government, the NHS in Wales and stakeholders.

Jean is supported by a team of nursing officers each leading discrete policy areas, providing a professional voice for Welsh nursing and midwifery across the UK and internationally.

The CNO supports international work through the World Health Organization European Region.

Betsi Cadwaladr Foundation scholarship award 

The Chief Nursing Officer for Wales invites applications for the 2019 Betsi Cadwaladr Foundation Scholarship Award. 
  • Overall prize:  £1500
  • Runners up (x2) : £250
This award is open to Registered Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses working in practice, education or health care management in Wales.  
Find out more and apply by visiting the RCN Wales website (external link) 

Review of Breastfeeding support and practices in Maternity and Early Years settings in Wales 

A task and finish group has reported on breastfeeding support and practices. The report contains agreed recommendations for future improvement. 

Enabling professionalism

Watch Jean on the launch of the Enabling Professionalism Framework (external link)

Nursing careers in Wales

Find the work-life balance you’ve been looking for as a nurse in Wales. Whether you’re a newly qualified nurse or you’ve been in nursing for years, a move to Wales can help you get more from your career.

More information: This is Wales - Train. Work. Live (external link).

Nursing enquiries

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