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Telling it how it is: senior nurses voice concerns in RCNi survey

Nearly half of senior nursing workforce concerned for safe staffing on the front line

But, says RCN professional lead Christine McKenzie, 'we are on the cusp, given the new investment coming, of something new and brighter’

Senior nurses have revealed growing concerns over safe staffing, quality of care and a perceived divide between front-line practitioners and decision makers.

In a Nursing Standard and Sunday Mirror survey of 3,100 UK nurses, 48% describe their role as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, matron, ward sister, nurse manager or director of nursing.

In response to the main findings, the RCN says experienced nurses should use their skills, power and influence to help support more junior staff and take on the ongoing challenges in the health service.

'Conveyor belt of recruitment'

1,356

of the 2,846 nurses who answered the question describe their role as senior

(Source: Nursing Standard/Sunday Mirror survey 2018)

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