Retention issues are multifactorial and have been around for the last thirty years that I have been practising. Until leadership improves, and we as professionals make a stand against the constant short staffing, and the bullying that goes on, etc. things will not change. For more than 30 years the NHS has not considered workforce planning, this is another factor contributing to the issues.
Although salary is important, I think the majority of nurses join the profession because of other factors, and these other factors are equally important as salary. As as leadership continues to ignore the research out there regarding training, resilience, workplace stress and staff : patient ratios, nurses will continue to leave the profession in high numbers daily!
Comment on: Late start for shift pattern review
I work 12 hour shifts, as I am able to work and go to Uni full time. Even when not at uni, I prefer to have my work commitment over and done with so I can enjoy my time off.
However the issue is that of getting breaks during the shift. 12 Hours is a long time to go without a break, which tends to be every shift I work. So, my employer is getting me to work for free, just about every weekend.
When I went to work in the states I was required to have private healthcare insurance. I chose the cheapest option, which meant I had to pay a co-payment every time I went to the doctor or hospital. I certainly do not see anything wrong with expecting nurses coming into this country to contribute to their healthcare. It is different if they decide to settle here and become a British citizen. Then they have worked here and contributed to the system long enough to enjoy the benefits.
Myself and all the nurses at the facility I work in, all recieved disciplinary letters from the district manager regarding the voicing of our concerns. One colleague told me she would use it as toilet paper, I said I would be holding on to it, as evidence, because there will be a day someone will walk into the facility and hold me accountable, I will be able to demonstrate I have voiced my concerns over and over again.Interestingly the company's new values of honesty and transparency which we have been told to embrace -and which we all thought to be great, prove to be worthless, they tell us to be open and honest - until they dont like what we say - which is with the minimum staffing levels we are working with, we are unable to safely render quality BASIC care. This is another reason I am working towards another profession, to get out of nursing.
Comment on: Nurses - stop slacking and get back to work
First of all the article was written in a style meant to "extract the micheal". But there is also truth in this article. Yes, on the most part we nurses work like the devil each shift, however with more than twenty years working as a nurse, in this country and the USA and Peru, I have to agree that there is a teremendous amount of time wasted by nurses here-time and motions would have a field day. Also the amount of sickness taken by nurses and ancillary staff is quite rediculous. If like in the private sector , staff were not paid for time off, I suspect there would be a heck of lot less time takenoff. However, my experience has been of the NHS system, it does not help its staff to get back to work in a timely fashion- a freind of mine was off work for more than 9 months with an injury susained at work. She could not get a physio appt. because God forbid, it would look like staff were gtting peferential treatment!! In the US, if staff sustain an injury, there is an all out push to get treatment sorted and the nurse back to work in a relistic amount of time related to the injury.