The Royal College of Nursing’s president has called for good nurses to “stand up and expose” those colleagues who give their profession a bad name.
Speaking to the RCN’s annual congress in Liverpool yesterday, Andrea Spyropolous said: “No matter now much we might like to think otherwise, there are some people in this profession who shouldn’t be.
“They are a very small number and might not be in every hospital or clinical setting, but there are nurses who just don’t deliver good care,” she said in the first keynote speech of the conference.
“It’s these people who give us all a bad name.”
Ms Spyropolous continued: “It’s up to us, as the nurses who do deliver good care, to stand up and expose these individuals, because if we don’t, no one will.”
But she also cited an RCN survey of its members from February this year, which found that 80% of respondents said inadequate staffing could be compromising care in their workplaces on a weekly or even daily basis.
“How are we, as nurses, meant to deliver good care without good staffing?” she asked. “My message is clear: you do not get high quality care on the cheap.
“Something has to give, and poor staffing means that the ‘art of nursing’ becomes the ‘art of what is possible’.”
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