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

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Since qualifying four years ago I am already looking to re train all together. I entered nursing to help others and provide excellent care and job satisfaction, regardless of pay. I have worked in intensive care and across medical and surgical wards. I have found distinct lack of leadership, career development pathways or even a simple thank you from my seniors and other team members. After struggling to make 7am starts and working a mix of days and nights I had enough. I had a young son at home with a disability and was constantly refused flexible working. My rate of pay was £11.40 per hour. Now I work for a nursing agency and can earn £35 per hour for a night shift. I get a thank you and always made to feel part of the team and can pick and choose my own hours. However, working across private sectors and the NHS there are two themes that are constant, the lack of permanent staff and basic care. The compassion and will can be seen but the resources and staff levels are not. I very often witness scenes and acts of care not much dissimilar from the Mid staffordshire scandal. When the Francis report was published safe staffing levels were issued and managers and chiefs stood and listened. With the impending nurse shortage and no support from our current government i really do fear we are going to lose our NHS and most of all the amazing caring nurses that go that extra mile. Yes.... Even on agency in work past my contracted hours and do not get paid extra. The accountability and compassion never leaves you. I pray things will turn around soon....

Posted date

7 July, 2017

Posted time

7:07 pm

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