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Nursing staff are frequently unable to take their breaks, are having to stay behind at the end of work and are being given “barbaric” rotas with back-to-back day and night shifts, which is putting both them and their patients at risk, it has been warned.
Nurses will receive a new guide to help spot victims of trafficking and address the lack of modern slavery awareness training in the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing has announced.
Nurses are divided over whether emergency departments should be able to turn patients away, in the face of rising numbers of attendances and “winter pressures” now extending across the entire year.
Accident and emergency departments must no longer be used as a “designated place of safety” for people experiencing a mental health crisis, because such environments cause distress and their staff do not have the specialist skills required, nurses have warned.
'Has nursing been pushed too far this time?'Subscription
It comes to something when an event is declared historic even before the first coffee break, but on Sunday something pretty momentous happened at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress.
Nurses are to campaign for a systematic re-banding of nursing jobs sitting within the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) payscales, after raising concerns that they are increasingly working at a higher level than for which they are being paid.
A mental health campaigner has urged the government to back the Royal College of Nursing’s call for “parity of esteem” for mental health with physical conditions at the union’s annual conference.
The Royal College of Nursing’s chief executive has written to the prime minister to reflect the “extreme dissatisfaction” felt over the lack of a Conservative speaker at its annual conference.
The prime minister has shown “contempt” to the Royal College of Nursing and nurses generally by not attending this year’s RCN annual conference, according to its members.
There is a severe shortage of experienced and skilled directors of nursing, because of a lack of development to help support nurses move into executive roles.