Sian Rodger is health coaching nurse facilitator at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre
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I work in a spinal injury unit and we recently asked our patients for their opinions about the education we provide to them.
During the morning handover the night nurse commented to me that one of our patients had been having episodes of low mood as he was getting frustrated by incontinence issues, which have been disrupting his rehabilitation.
As new roles are established to fill nursing shortages, how do we ensure we have the right nursing skill mix on each shift to maintain high standards of care and prevent burnout of qualified staff?
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The patients I nurse have usually had a life-changing spinal cord injury, which means they require a long period of time in hospital to prepare them for successful discharge and reintegration into the community.
Let’s face it, we can’t know everything about every speciality, so it is important to work together and share our knowledge across disciplines.