The Royal College of Nursing in Wales (RCN Wales) has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of nurses having enough time to carry out their work duties to the highest possible standard.
Its Time to Care campaign, launched at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, is designed to ensure nurses have the time to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and to demonstrate how much they care about their patients’ wellbeing and recovery.
The campaign also highlights the work of some nurses who have excelled in delivering innovative care to patients, while the RCN Wales has called on governments across the country to cooperate with nurses and other healthcare workers to improve health and wellbeing in the country and ensure healthcare services remain of a high quality.
RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly said: “This campaign is two-fold. First, it is calling attention to the fact that nurses need time to provide a high standard of nursing in the health care, and this is vital to ensure that the fundamentals of care; such as nutrition and hydration, privacy, dignity, respect and meeting hygiene and toilet needs are fully met.
“Nurses cannot deliver this service if there are insufficient numbers of them on wards. Inadequate staffing is not only unacceptable for patient care but research indicates that insufficient staffing causes nurse burnout, job dissatisfaction and turnover and increases sickness levels and also where qualified nursing numbers are low morbidity and mortality levels increase.”