Revealed: what nurses say about short-staffing and how it’s harming patient care

Nurses open up about the risks to patient safety – and their work-life balance
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Nurses open up about the risks to patient safety – and their work-life balance

Nine out of ten nurses feel their professional values are being compromised by understaffing, a Nursing Standard poll reveals.

Nurses in acute, community and care home settings responded with one message – they can't provide the level of care they would wish because there are just not enough of them.

Some feel out of their depth at having to care for complex patients outside their specialty. Others feel obliged to stay late to get the job done.

'Care in the profession has gone… [we're] only interested in getting beds emptied for emergencies to come in. I'm unable to give good-quality care on a daily basis,' one nurse told us.

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