Charge nurses Katrina Vine and Della O’Donnell started out at 7am on Monday in order to relieve night shift colleagues at a unit for children and adolescents in Harperbury, which is part of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Afterwards Ms Vine said: ‘We knew we had to relieve staff who had been on shift at Harperbury since 7pm on Sunday. In the end we quite enjoyed the walk, although I wouldn’t have liked to do it alone.’
Anne Markwick, director of operations at the trust, added: ‘We are always impressed by the dedication of our staff. Katrina and Della provide two examples of the sterling efforts which our staff have made to get into work this week.’
In an online poll on nursingtimes.net, more than three-quarters of respondents said they had experienced staffing problems at their trust because of the bad weather.
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