More than 80% of nurses are being forced to "ration care" because they don't have enough time to properly look after patients, a new study suggests.
The authors from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and the University of Southampton, found:
- 86% of nurses were unable to perform at least one of 13 care elements because they were too busy
- 66% of nurses unable to comfort or talk to patients
- Just over half of nurses saying they were forced to skip "educating patients"
- 47% said they didn't have time to develop or update nursing care plans
- The average nurse cared for 7.8 patients on a day shift
- The average nurse cared for 10.9 patients on a night shift
- Nurses looking after 11 or more patients were twice as likely to say they rationed patient monitoring as those looking after six or fewer patients
- 78% of nurses in the best staffed environments reported some care was missed on their last shift, compared with 90% of those with lower staffing levels
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