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Longer shifts increase risk of sick days for nurses and HCAs

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I agree, but this is something that is not new knowledge. The evidence of how these long hours as well as poor management of adequate time of to rest, of course is going to affect nurses health. Patient care is suffering as well as nurses families. Staff are overwhelmed by pressures put on them on a daily basis by the increasingly high demands of the use of our hospitals. Charge nurses are being told by line managers to call own staff members first to cover shifts for sickness rather than using bank or agency. This is not the solution, bank staff are an asset, they come in to the ward with a positive attitude and work hard with delegation. Full time nurses are run down, home sick and feel unappreciated for the work they do. The family friendly policy exists but is rarely used due to the lack of staff on the wards, nurses are struggling financially due to child care prices increasing four times faster than nurses wages. The combination of all of this stress of this undoubtedly a huge Concern for nurses, hospitals and future care.

Posted date

9 September, 2018

Posted time

9:30 pm

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