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Well-being survey: ‘inhumane’ shifts leave no time even for a sip of water

Exclusive research carried out by Nursing Standard shows understaffing and issues with management are risking nurses’ health
Nurse looking stressed. Three quarters of nurses said they regularly work shifts without breaks. Picture: iStock

Exclusive research carried out by Nursing Standard shows understaffing and issues with management are risking nurses’ health

  • Three quarters of nurses surveyed said they often work shifts without breaks
  • Only one in five say they always have a chance to hydrate during their shift
  • RCN brands survey findings ‘inhumane’ and raises patient safety concerns

Eight out of ten nurses have gone an entire shift without a single drink of water, with more than half saying it happens at least once a week, an exclusive survey for Nursing Standard has revealed.

Nurses responding to our survey cited a lack of staffing – and in some cases, 'uncaring' management – as

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