Analysis

No space for nurses’ breaks: staff rooms too small or too grubby

Nurses report struggling to take breaks, but even if they can they are often faced with poor facilities that put their health and well-being at risk, survey shows

Nurses report struggling to take breaks, but even if they can they are often faced with poor facilities that put their health and well-being at risk, survey shows

  • More than a third of the 1,200 respondents to our health and well-being at work survey reported having no access to a staff room or rest area
  • Staff rooms were frequently described as ill-equipped, dirty and with insufficient seating, and nurses are forced to take breaks in corridors or in their cars, respondents said
  • Depleted staffing levels often make it difficult for nurses to take a break without putting patient safety at risk
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