How nurses can protect continence care amid intense service pressures

Nursing leaders urge staff to take action if fundamentals of nursing such as continence care are being compromised by shortage of staff and resources
Continence is a patient's right

Nursing leaders urge staff to take action if fundamentals of nursing such as continence care are being compromised by shortage of staff and resources

The NHS is emerging from arguably its worst winter crisis yet, with soaring bed occupancy rates, staffing shortages and severe viruses all afflicting services.

Against this backdrop, the RCN is highlighting the importance of continence care and reminding nurses to take steps if fundamentals of nursing care are not being met in their workplace – whether the NHS or the independent care home sector.

The nurse’s duty to report poor care

RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care Dawne Garrett emphasises the nurse's duty to report substandard care to their ward leaders and managers.

‘It is not enough to go home and


Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?