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Full survey results: Do you get paid enough or have enough time with patients?

Nursing Times surveyed 1,830 nurses between 22 April and 1 May, as part of a joint initiative with ITV’s new breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.

The results were featured as the top story on the programme on 7 May. A big thank you to all our readers that took part in the survey.

Here are the full results from the survey:


Do you think you get paid enough money for the job you do? 


Do you think in your current job you have enough time to give patients adequate care? 


Have you ever put a patient’s life at risk because you were too busy or overworked? 


If you feel overworked, what stops you from doing your job properly? 
Too many patients to look after23%
Too much paperwork35%
Staff shortages42%


Would you be happy to be a patient in the ward/hospital/clinic you work in? 


Do you worry about the level of care that your ward/hospital/clinic can give to patients outside normal working hours, such as during nights, weekend or Bank Holidays? 


Could your ward/hospital/clinic function at night, weekends or Bank Holidays without using agency staff? 


Do you feel valued in your job by your hospital management? 


Do you think there is too much bureaucracy in the NHS? 


Based on your experience, would you encourage your child to go into nursing? 
Don’t know20%


Do you think the Government should introduce a mandatory minimum nurse to patient ratio? 
Don’t know7%


How would you best describe the organisation you work for? 
Acute foundation trust     25%
Acute NHS trust     36%
Mental health foundation trust   5%
Mental health NHS trust        5%
Community services trust 15%
GP practice        6%
Private sector provider     5%
Care home    3%



Readers' comments (11)

  • why do these results surprise me

    after 4 years of this govt with its constant running down of the nhs and the nursing proffession..the final straw being the 1% so called pay rise that some will get and others will not

    1% for god's sake...and who is getting 11%..yep the likes of hunt and cameron..make me sick

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  • I'm set to qualify as a nurse in August, and am not surprised with the results at all.

    Many wards are understaffed, with sickness leave often not covered and in some cases very little attempt is made to do so.

    A minimum nurse to patient ratio would make a world of difference to job satisfaction and patient care. I would imagine sickness due to stress would reduce a bit too.

    Pay levels are pretty appalling for a job where you need to be a graduate in one of the most work intense degree programs and where you have such responsibility on your shoulders.

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  • Every ward I have worked on has been understaffed and nurse to patient ratio is terrible. I am due to qualify in September and I think I have made the biggest mistake of my life, most nurses I have worked with hate their jobs. This is so sad and I know plenty of fellow students who feel the same.
    Someone needs to wake up to the staffing problems faced in the NHS and review the pay, so much responsibility for so little.

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  • i would not recommend nursing to any of my children

    we are treated like second class citizens by this govt...they care more about thier rich banker friends

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  • The results have highlighted the pressures placed upon nurses in the NHS.

    Ever considered Live-in Nursing as a career?
    Our nurses look after clients in their own homes on a 24/7 basis, allowing them the time to really get to know their patients, and return to one-to-one nursing (which is what they were trained for).
    Live-in Nurses have the respect of their patients, relatives,other HCPs and our staff, and are truly valued by all. The work is satisfying, varied, and flexible. Why not look into it?

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  • I was told by a consultant who went to a sector meeting that they discussed posts that were not filled.

    For each week that went past without advertising or filling that post was seen as a cost saving to the NHS.

    If they made it to six months this was seen as an excellent cost saving.

    Who is resposible for pushing these managers to make such decisions?

    It is a case of I'm ok, who cares about the rest of society.

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  • Anonymous | 8-May-2014 4:16 pm

    interesting. I was employed to lead a three month project (temporary post) but the first month was lost as it took them that much time to decide who they wanted to employ for the job, but then they realised if the budget wasn't spent on that or another similar project the funding would be lost. when I took up the post nothing had been prepared and none of the staff I was working with on all of the wards had been informed so I had to set up the project from scratch wasting more of their time informing everybody. I didn't mind as it was interesting and I was being paid for it. I gave it my all in the hopes of securing a permanent clinical job in the same, or another area, but although everybody was polite and supportive I could see there was no real interest.

    When I was invited to attend a general meeting about the trust I learned of their huge deficits which seemed to diminish my chances of my project being extended so I went abroad where my opportunities were far greater and my career and life generally much more enjoyable.

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  • This survey will be music to the governments ears. It shows they are well on track for demolishing the NHS. The big American health insurance companies will be on red alert for next years election. Vote Tories and they win it will be all systems go for the slow but sure privatisation

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  • NHS doesn't pay overtime rates as staff have been conditioned to work at bank rates.
    More staff will be moving / leaving to work as agency staff, costing NHS far more money directly (agency costs) and indirectly (longer patients stays, poorer outcomes, etc). Also drivers like remuneration, higher registration fees, lack of resources will reduce future recruitment + retention.

    When US companies take over, possibly like Pfizer with pharmaceuticals, everyone will likely be paying a heavy price for good quality healthcare and treatments. More profits for directors + shareholders, the rest of us suffer more in a NHS plc

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  • I tend to agree with Andy. The government, and previous ones, are strangling the NHS into submission. They have the gun, and we are supplying them with all the ammunition they need to fire it. It's just a matter of time before the abolition of the NHS as we know it. I am surprised they haven't renamed it, to set the scene for privatisation. It would be sold as a more up to date, deserving name to the public, who would swallow it whole. Of course they will, as anyone working for the NHS from Chief Exec down is allowing it to happen. We could be so powerful to say stop, but no, we lay down and accept the whole lot, the so called 'reforms' and everything that is thrown at us, and take the blame when demands are too high. It puts me in mind of 'cult' culture, controlling the masses.

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  • you read a doctor's account of ward conditions and you read the comments in NT and you would think butter wouldn't melt in nurses' mouths! What is going on? shouldn't the focus be on the patients and their lives and working together to get the work done instead of fighting about whose job it is and then wasting time witch hunting to find out whose fault it is? An utterly disgraceful way for any adult to behave, let alone a healthcare professional claiming to be qualified to care for vulnerable individuals and who undertake the responsibility of making decisions on the healthcare of the sick and on their lives of those who have been entrusted to them!


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