Nurses have been forced to use an ’emergency’ nursing bag
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The latest crisis to hit nursing in the UK comes amid a new national survey showing that almost half of those surveyed were nursing with a nursing-home-type unit in their home.
Nursing and midwifery students were asked to rate how safe they felt nursing in their nursing home and how much comfort they felt during their shifts.
They were also asked how much money they would like to save and if they could afford a full time nursing position.
More than a third of nurses and midwives said they were nursing in a nursing home-type environment, and over a quarter of them said they would be willing to accept a full-time position with a full nursing contract.
In the UK, over a third (29%) of nursing graduates said they had been offered a full or part-time nursing position, while nearly half (49%) said they’d accepted a part-term position.
The NHS has recently announced a new plan to support nursing in new and existing nursing homes, and it comes amid increasing pressure to make changes to improve quality of care.
It’s now hoped that the new survey will help provide an accurate picture of how well nurses and their communities are coping.
The report also revealed that more than one in four nurses (25%) had experienced an incident while working in a hospital, while one in three (33%) had witnessed an incident in a primary care setting.
More broadly, half (51%) said that their nurse had experienced a major incident while in their care, compared to a third who (32%) said their nurse hadn’t.
However, the survey also revealed some striking statistics.
Almost half (48%) of nurses said that they had experienced the worst incident they had seen while in the care of their nursing staff in their lives.
Almost one in five (19%) nurses said they hadn’t experienced any serious incidents.
Nursing students have also been asked to give their views on the latest nursing changes being made to improve care and safety.
Half (50%) said the NHS needs to introduce mandatory nurse badges to nurses, while more than two thirds (65%) of students said that a mandatory nurse badge would help improve safety in nursing homes.
And almost half (47%) of new nurses and nursing graduates would be able to apply for a full contract.
The survey also asked nurses and graduates to rate their experiences in the community, and the survey revealed that they were divided on the issue.
Nurses were the most likely to say that they felt safe in their community, with almost three quarters (74%) saying they felt this way, compared with just over half (53%) of graduates.
Nursing graduates were more likely to feel safe in a community (55%), while over a fifth (20%) said this was about the same as those who had been in their profession for less than five years.
The Nursing and Midwifry Survey 2014 was carried out by the National Institute for Health Research and the British Nursing Association.
The findings of the survey have been published in the British Journal of Nursing.
For more information about the Nurses’ Health Survey, visit the NHS website:
The latest crisis to hit nursing in the UK comes amid a new national survey showing that almost half of…