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Full survey results: Do you feel healthier than you did last year, or are you more stressed?

Nursing Times this week revealed the key findings from its latest annual survey of nurses on their views about staffing, wellbeing and other issues affecting the profession. We have now published the full results, below.

The survey “Do you feel healthier than you did last year, or are you more stressed?” was conducted online between 21 August and 27 September. A total of 2,200 nurses took part in the survey

 

Are you happy with your work-life balance?%
Yes28.8
No62.6
Unsure8.6

 

Does your trust attach a high enough priority to staff health and wellbeing?%
Yes11.8
No73.1
Don’t know12.7
Not applicable2.3

 

Do you think you have taken more or less sick leave in the past 12 months than you would normally take?%
Significantly more17.6
Slightly more19.7
No change48.4
A bit less5.2
Significantly less7.9
Unsure1.1

 

If you are a line manager, have you noticed your staff taking more or less time off sick over the past 12 months?%
Significantly more27.3
Slightly more32.9
No change18.3
A bit less3.3
Significantly less1.5
Unsure16.7

 

Have you felt under pressure from your organisation to come to work even if you are feeling unwell this year?%
Yes73.7
No23.3
Unsure3

 

If you answered yes to the previous question (number 5), do you think this pressure has increased since last year?%
Yes, significantly56
Yes, slightly27.3
No12.8
Unsure3.9

 

If a colleague is off sick are their shifts covered:%
Always3.4
Most of the time20.5
Sometimes35.2
Rarely24.8
Never16.2

 

Do you regularly work more than your allotted hours?%
Yes, by 1-5 hours per week50.2
Yes, by 6-10 hours per week19
Yes, by 10-15 hours per week7.7
Yes 15+ hours per week5.3
No, I usually work my allotted hours14.9
No, I always work my allotted hours2.9

 

Are you working noticeably longer hours than this time last year?%
Yes, more46
No, about the same50.9
No, less3.1

 

Have you found you have suffered the side-effects of work-related stress, such as physical or mental health problems in the past year?%
Yes72.7
No27.3

 

How would you rate staffing levels on your ward or team?%
We are always short-staffed41.4
We are short-staffed more than once a week32.8
We are short-staffed once a week7.5
We are short-staffed once a fortnight4.7
We are short-staffed once a month4.7
We are rarely short-staffed8.2
We are never short-staffed0.6

 

Do you feel you are currently under more or less pressure at work than you were this time 12 months ago?%
Significantly more55.5
A bit more30.1
About the same11.5
A bit less1.8
Significantly less1.2

 

Have you had a clinical supervision or a performance review in the last 12 months?%
Yes, more than once16.7
Yes, once48
No33.6
Unsure1.7

 

Do staff on your ward or team have sufficient time to provide safe and adequate handover to colleagues?%
Yes, always18.2
Yes, mostly52.2
Yes, but rarely21.6
No, never8.1

 

Which length of shift do you normally work?%
Always 8 hour shifts45.1
Always 12 hour shifts27.2
Mostly 8 hour shifts, with occasional 12 hour shifts15.5
Mostly 12 hour shifts, with occasional 8 hour shifts8.3
A roughly equal number of both 8 and 12 hour shifts3.9

 

Do you feel you have enough time at work to eat a healthy, balanced diet?%
Always3.8
Mostly30
Rarely43.2
Never22.6
Unsure0.4

 

Do you consider yourself to be:%
Very overweight8.2
Overweight48.3
About right38.5
Underweight3.9
Very underweight0.5
Unsure0.5

 

Does your employer provide healthy choices of food in its catering facilities?%
Yes32.7
No29.5
Unsure16.9
Not applicable20.9

 

Do you do muscle-strengthening and/or moderate/vigorous aerobic activity that raises your heart rate:%
Daily4.9
Three or more times a week17.3
Once or twice a week24.5
Less than weekly16.8
Once a month4.9
Almost never23.7
Never7.9

 

If you have money worries, what are your greatest concerns about?%
Petrol price rises10.6
Increasing cost of utilities such as gas and electricity20.8
Job security16
Paying the mortgage13.2
Rising debts or credit card bills (excluding mortgage)13.3
Other, please specify4.5
I currently have no money worries21.6

 

Should hospital nurses be allowed to use their own mobile phones and similar devices on the wards?%
Yes25.9
No56.8
Unsure17.4

 

Do you intend to have the annual influenza vaccine this year?%
Yes54.4
No35.1
Unsure10.1
Not applicable0.4

 

Do you understand what is meant by the term “duty of candour” in terms of openness about errors and concerns?%
Yes67
No20
Unsure13

 

Which of the following best describes your role?%
Student nurse0.8
Healthcare assistant2.1
Staff nurse48.1
Ward sister/charge nurse15.8
Clinical nurse specialist/nurse practitioner25.2
Matron2.1
Nurse manager5.6
Director of nursing0.3

 

How old are you?%
17-253.6
26-3515
36-4528.2
46-5539.4
Over 5513.8

 

Which country do you work in?%
England79.2
Northern Ireland1.7
Scotland9.3
Wales4.3
Overseas5.5

 

Which of the following best describes the organisation you work for?%
Acute hospital trust39.2
Acute foundation trust22
Clinical commissioning group0.8
Community services21.3
GP surgery3.9
Mental health trust5.9
Mental health foundation trust5.7
University or academia1.2

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