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Safe nursing levels in care homes top nurses’ concerns in Wales

Safe nursing levels in care homes has topped Welsh nurses’ concerns, according to a survey of Royal College of Nursing members.

Speaking in advance of the Senedd election in May, more than three quarters of over 750 RCN Wales members said nursing staffing levels and skill mix are closely linked with patient risks.

Section 25B of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act sets out the safe nurse staffing methodology to be used on medical and surgical adult wards. Children’s inpatient wards will be included in 2021.

Over a third (37 per cent) of Welsh members surveyed said care homes should be next, followed by community nursing (23 per cent).

Survey findings reveal that RCN Wales members also believe:

  • Wales needs to educate more nurses – and work harder to keep them
  • To keep its nurses, NHS Wales needs a bigger, better-paid workforce
  • To retain nurses in care homes, higher pay is important – but so is respect
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