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Public doesn’t grasp contribution of community nursing

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The Royal College of Nursing refers to staffing in acute wards rather than in community settings because “it’s what the media and the public understands”.

The RCN president Andrea Spyropoulos was asked at her lunchtime “Meet the President” session at Congress today about the latest RCN staffing survey, which again called for “more nurses at the bedside”.

A district nurse asked the president what the RCN intended to do to defend the community and district nurse staffing levels.

Ms Spyropoulos said: “I know that approximately 80% of the care takes place in the community, but I know that we need to use the ward and bedside analogy because that is what the public and the media understands.

“But we will educate them and help them to understand about staffing levels in the community too.”

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