The RCN has warned that a plan to give Scottish nurses pedometers as part of an efficiency drive must not lead to an increase in pressure on frontline staff.
Earlier this month it was revealed that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had issued pedometers to nurses at one of its hospitals in order to track how far they walked to find equipment for patient care and, therefore, whether wards could be organised more efficiently.
RCN Scotland has said it cautiously welcomes the initiative. Ellen Hudson, associate director of RCN Scotland, said: ‘If this is to increase the amount of time that nurses can spend delivering patient care, it should certainly be considered.
‘However, we would need assurances from the health board that it is being done in the best interests of patients and not as a way of putting further pressure on staff. Also, as is important to see the big picture when it comes to efficiency, other staff such as doctors and cleaners should be involved,’ she added.
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