Let care home nurses nurse, survey results say

Nurses in social care are the most likely to complain about spending too much time on non-nursing duties, a nurse employment survey has found.

Three in five private care home nurses say their job has been deskilled, (61 per cent) over double the number working in GP practices with the same sentiment.  

Care home nurses are also the most likely of all nurses to say they are under too much pressure and too busy to provide the level of care they would like. They are also among the least satisfied with their working hours.

Consequently, around two in five care home nurses say they are looking for a new job. Compared to the other types of nurses surveyed – hospice, private and NHS hospitals, commissioning units, GP surgery, agency/bank, student – care home nurses are also the most confident of being able to find another job with better pay and/or working conditions.

The annual survey of 8,307 Royal College of Nursing members, looks at members’ experiences and views in the following areas:

• working patterns and workload

• pay, earnings and additional work

• the nature of work and views about nursing

• physical and verbal abuse and bullying

• education and training.

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