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Nurses in Scotland at 'breaking point'

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The employment survey from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) reveals that worries about cash and keeping their jobs are having an impact on nurses’ morale on the wards.

Government figures released in August showed that the number of nursing jobs being lost across the NHS in Scotland was on the rise. The data showed that the number of nurses working across the country had reached a five-year low.

The latest RCN poll of 700 nurses and healthcare support workers in Scotland found that the number of respondents who felt secure about nursing employment over the coming years fell from 82% in 2009 to 30%.

Also on the decline was the number of people who would recommend nursing as a career - this went from 54% to 38%.

Furthermore, some 74% said they were dealing with rising levels of stress at work.


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  • This is not news. What do the RCN propose to do to support their membership and tackle the causes of this 'low morale'?

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  • It isn't just Scotland; it's all over the UK

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  • Go figure. Pay cuts and job insecurity are stressors. Now you have your 'research' what do the Rcn plan to do?

    Nothing? No change there then.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Sep-2011 12:17 pm

    Agreed. This is only a small survey and I believe that it is representative of the larger UK picture. But most of the articles in the Nursing Times relate mainly to issues specific to England. The changes to NHS structure in Scotland are different, but no less damaging to Nurses and patients, and are not always fully reported.

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  • Let's face it the government are engineering it so that the majority of nurses will be succeeded by assistant practitioners - nursing has been completely devalued as a result and they wonder why morale is low!!

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  • And what about Nurses in the rest of the UK?? We're all in the same bloody boat!!!!!

    And Mags is spot on, WHAT THE HELL ARE THE RCN GOING TO DO ABOUT IT???

    Sod all!! That's what!

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  • In a way I wish the 'break' would hurry up and come so that we can then start to rebuild. I am sure the Government means well but the NHS management are highly skilled at justifying their own jobs at the expense of clinicians. there must be an unprecedented number of new 'made-up-jobs' at present all cracking the whip at clinicians and putting our jobs at risk.

    We need help!

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  • Anonymous | 26-Sep-2011 6:23 pm

    "I am sure the Government means well.."

    The government means to privatise the NHS, whilst looking after it's financial sector scum chums. Magnanimous indeed!

    "..there must be an unprecedented number of new 'made-up-jobs' at present all cracking the whip at clinicians and putting our jobs at risk."

    Couldn't agree more.

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  • Thought the bit about the government meaning well would seem a bit rich. I just feel that they roll on blissfully unaware of what is really happening in NHS management in their name - the more they say they want to cut down on paperwork the more paperwork management seem to make up for us to complete.

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  • All UK nurses on wards are at breaking point and who cares - certainly not management or the government. Whoever churns out all the paperwork or approves it doesn't care. Management posts or posts that are not 'hands on' seem to be multiplying and posts on the shop floor disappearing. Beds are being closed bit by bit so the public are blissfully unaware. The NHS is in a mess and it is the nurses that are left to deal with it.

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