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Nurses urged to complete short charity survey on their financial challenges

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A nursing charity wants nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants to share their experiences of financial difficulties to inform a new report.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is asking nursing professionals to complete a short, anonymous survey, which includes questions such as whether they have ever resorted to using a food bank.

The findings from the survey, which has 10 questions and takes around two minutes to complete, will be shared in a report due to be published later this year.

Nurses will be asked if they have struggled to keep their homes warm and in a good state of repair or had difficulty with transport costs or being able to afford leisure activities.

Other questions include whether financial problems have ever prompted participants to think about leaving nursing or midwifery and whether or not they feel prepared for a “financial crisis”.

Those who take part in the survey, which runs until 28 August, will be in with the chance of winning a £200 Amazon voucher.

The Cavell Nurses Trust supports working and retired nursing professionals during times of personal of financial hardship, providing essential support such as money to repair a broken boiler as well as helping families escape domestic abuse.

Previous research suggests nursing professionals are twice as likely as the general public to suffer financial hardship.

In recent years, the nursing charity has warned that it has seen a massive jump in people calling its helpline.

In the space of three years, the number of calls for help to the trust has doubled from 1,100 calls in 2014 to 2,200 in 2017.

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