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Poor working conditions drives huge increase in number of nurses leaving NMC register


Just read the 'Strategy For Keeping Staff ' on Line, which the government are using to defend themselves today and it brings me no hope that they fully understand the stress it causes nurses and patients when there are not enough nurses on shift to deal with the patients needs. I stayed two and half hours after my shift last night ( paid) because yet again the night shift were short. I am working one extra shift this week , while on leave, to bring the ward to minimum numbers of nursing staff. We never now reach our high level of staff but bump along on minimum level or below. Our pay review is now linked to achieving our mandatory training, but time to do this at work is sadly lacking. Yet the increments were suppose to reflect that as you spend longer in the role your usefulness increases. I agree Mandatory training should be met, but please give us all a few shifts where we have the staffing to sit at a computer and not be interrupted in order to carry this out. I returned to Practice after Francais and love this work. I am in my mid 50's so know that there has been a huge increase in the amount of work done at the coal face as the general health of those I care for is much more frail and expectations hugely higher than the past. Just pay the rate that the job deserves and return to supporting Student Nurses go through training without debt. Rely on nurses from overseas if you must but is this really fair to expect other countries to train your nurses. I hear that Spain no longer has an excess to send us .

Posted date

3 July, 2017

Posted time

2:26 pm