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Nurse rosters: treating all staff as individuals not numbers

Compassionate rostering for nursing staff is an idea that’s gaining traction, so what is it and how can it promote work-life balance?

Compassionate rostering – a collaborative approach to nurse rotas based on negotiation – takes the stress out of shift swaps while supporting safe staffing

What is compassionate rostering?

Ensuring all nursing staff are treated fairly and with kindness is at the heart of compassionate rostering, a term that has gained significant traction in the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means staff being listened to and being given swift responses to any shift requests, with a primary focus on health and well-being. Compassionate rostering uses a collaborative approach, with senior nurses working with staff to accommodate their needs as much as possible.

Why it’s so important to nurses

The pandemic has had a profound effect


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