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Under pressure: what employers must do to reduce workplace stress

It is reckless of healthcare organisations to ignore signs of stress in their workforce or offer only superficial support. With the pressures on nurses reaching dangerous levels, the legal, moral and financial case for action is overwhelming

It is reckless of healthcare organisations to ignore signs of stress in their workforce or offer only superficial support. With the pressures on nurses reaching dangerous levels, the legal, moral and financial case for action is overwhelming

Nurses are used to showing resilience in a job that is always going to have its stressful moments. But over the past few years those stressful moments appear to have become more common, and the cracks are beginning to show.

A Care Quality Commission report last year revealed how a senior nurse at one hospital said they ‘can’t bear to see junior nurses crying anymore’. The acute trust’s report also detailed inadequate staffing levels, work left undone because of pressure, difficulties in escalating issues, and lack of training and support.

RCN senior employment relations adviser Kim Sunley says employers should be assessing the risk

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