Chief nursing officer Jane Cummings told MPs at the Commons health select committee that it is difficult for nurses to remain “compassionate all the time” given the emotionally draining nature of the job.
Ms Cummings was giving evidence on the state of nursing and she fielded a range of questions from MPs on staffing levels, patient safety, use of technology and the “6Cs” nursing strategy.
“Nursing is a very emotionally draining job, it’s hard work; it’s physically hard; it’s emotionally hard,” she said. “There is something about how we look after staff and how we give them the time and the space when necessary to take a step back and have a bit of breathing space.”
Ms Cummings highlighted that when nurses were very busy “day-in day-out” dealing with very complex tasks “it can be quite difficult to remain compassionate all the time”.
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