The pressures faced by nurses working in the NHS in Scotland have been laid bare in a new report, which details financial worries, stress and job insecurity as major concerns.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members’ employment survey reveals that less than a third feel that nursing will continue to offer them a secure job in the future, compared with 82% two years ago. On top of this, only 38% would recommend nursing as a career, compared with 54% in 2009.
At the same time, three-quarters reported increased stress at work, while almost two-thirds are more worried about job cuts and the threat of redundancy than they were a year ago.
Over two-thirds say concerns about their financial situation have increased in the last year.
The findings come on top of recent Scottish Government figures which show a rapid acceleration in the number of nursing posts being lost across NHS Scotland, with the number of nursing staff now at its lowest point since 2006.
Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland, said: “Given the continuing cuts to the nursing workforce, prolonged pay freeze and planned pension increases, it is no surprise that the morale of nurses and health care support workers in our NHS is plummeting.
“While the impact of such pressures could be expected, it doesn’t mean the situation should continue. If action is not taken and stress continues to increase, standards in patient care will begin to fall.”