nurse hierarchyThe administrative and clinical levels in the nursing profession. Domestic ward work is done by Health Care Assistants who do not have a nursing qualification. A nurse working for her or his RGN (see NURSE) is called a student nurse. After qualifying the nurse may become a staff nurse and may then advance to become a Team Leader or Ward Manager (informally, Sister). Above the Team Leaders is the Hospital Manager (formerly Matron) or the Director of Nursing Services.
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