Mental Health Nurses Survey Finds Staffing Levels Compromise Patient Care

A survey published by the Royal College of Nursing paints a damning picture of nursing in mental health.

The survey found that two thirds of nurses polled thought that there were not enough members of staff to meet patient needs, and a disturbingly high 42% of nurses polled thought that they compromised patient care every week due to a lack of staff.

The poll showed that nurses thought that they spent too much time on paper work.  The general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, said “Nurses should not be spending a third of their time on paperwork, this time would be better spent with their clients.”

Patients and their families will be rightly concerned that the welfare of some of the most vulnerable patients is being compromised by the provision of inadequate numbers of staff.

Posted 1st August 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised