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Money worries, stress and inadequate breaks common among nurses in Wales – survey

Public Health Wales poll prompts calls for greater investment in staff well-being
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Public Health Wales poll prompts calls for greater investment in staff well-being

Financial pressures are a concern for almost half of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Wales, new research suggests.

A survey of 1,642 nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers found that 42% experienced financial worries in the 12 months before the poll.

More than half of the respondents also reported having to work extra shifts or ask family and friends for financial help.

Carried out by Public Health Wales between April and June 2019, the survey also found:

  • 61% reported experiencing work-related stress.
  • 61%

Public Health Wales poll prompts calls for greater investment in staff well-being


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Financial pressures are a concern for almost half of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Wales, new research suggests.

survey of 1,642 nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers found that 42% experienced financial worries in the 12 months before the poll.

More than half of the respondents also reported having to work extra shifts or ask family and friends for financial help.

Carried out by Public Health Wales between April and June 2019, the survey also found:

  • 61% reported experiencing work-related stress.
  • 61% attended work when feeling unwell.
  • 50.6% reported frequently missing breaks.
  • Only 58.5% said they felt adequately hydrated while at work.

Three quarters of staff described their career as rewarding

Despite this, the survey recorded that 75.3% found their career rewarding and more than half (55.4%) would recommend their career to others.

The report concluded that managers and policymakers need to support staff by enforcing work breaks, encouraging employees to stay at home when they are sick, and offering financial advice to those concerned about money.

Public Health Wales' senior researcher Benjamin Gray, who led the study, said the health and well-being of the nursing and midwifery workforce is of heightened importance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that if efforts are made to meet some of the challenges highlighted by the report, then ‘there is an opportunity to create a working environment that is more conducive to health and happiness’.

RCN demands investment in health and well-being of staff

Commenting on the report’s findings, RCN Wales associate director of nursing (employment relations) Nicky Hughes said it was essential that employers invested in the health and well-being of staff.

‘The landscape for this support will have changed due to the current pandemic and that needs to be considered when planning support services,’ she said.


Read the survey report

Public Health Wales: Towards a healthy and sustainable workforce for the future


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