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Nursing workloads a global problem

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Heavy nursing workloads are having a detrimental effect on patient care and health outcomes across the world, a global survey suggests.

In a survey of over 2,000 nurses from 13 countries, conducted by the International Council of Nurses, 92% of respondents said they faced time constraints that prevented them from spending sufficient time with individual patients. Nearly half said their workload was worse today than it was five years ago.

Findings from the survey also showed that nursing was viewed as a worse career today than it was five years ago in the UK, Canada, the US and Taiwan.

The council’s chief executive David Benton said: ‘Nurses globally are thinking about leaving the profession, which will further impact on already burdened healthcare systems. It is urgent to respond to their needs with adequate staffing, greater independence and greater involvement in decision-making. 

‘Nurses must be involved in crucial policy conversations as healthcare systems are growing, developing and changing,’ he added.

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  • Was this article pulled out of the huge 'no s**t sherlock' pile or what?

    The problems within Nursing have been known for a long time now, this is nothing new, but we have a toothless 'union' who all to often seem to be against nurses, and a penny pinching government who want the NHS and Nurses around just so long as we dont ask for any money or extra numbers.


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