Over half of working nurses think their wards are "dangerously unsafe" because of low staffing levels all or some of the time, according to a snapshot survey.
The poll carried out for the Nursing Times magazine found 57% of the 526 nurses questioned believed their ward was dangerous for patients because there were too few staff.
A further 39% of nurses said staffing levels had worsened where they work over the last 12 months.
The findings come a year of the Francis Report into the failings at Stafford Hospital was published, after hundreds of people died needlessly due to neglect.
One nurse told the magazine: "Although my organisation has been recruiting more nursing staff they have been inexperienced and have had to be supervised, so in some cases have made matters harder."
More top news
Whilst the weather may be a lot quieter here in the UK, it's a very different story for the the Mediterranean this weekend.
The RSPCA has outlined in detail its policy on the shooting of seals that attack salmon stocks "as an absolute last resort".
We started the week warm, wet and windy but it will end much cooler and brighter.