Poor Staffing Adversely Affecting Care of Elder Patients, Says Royal College of Nurses

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Poor Staffing Adversely Affecting Care of Elder Patients, Says Royal College of

Recently, the members of the Royal College of Nurses have expressed their concern over the care of the elders. It has come to light that the care of the elders residing at the care homes is being jeopardized with by the presence of just a few nurses.

The inadequate number of nurses has been a matter of concern in the UK for quite long. But now, it has become necessary to fill the gap as it is believed that the care of the elderly patients and especially the vulnerable patients is being compromised with.

The poor plight of the elder patients at the nursing homes was unveiled by two previous studies conducted by the Patients Association and Care Quality Commission. From time to time, the ministers have been promising of providing a bigger number of nurses so as to improve the standards of care. But till now, much of improvement has not been witnessed.

However, while addressing the concerns of the Royal College of Nurses, the union noted that it is high time when a strict staffing level should be set so that the shortage of nurses isn’t allowed to adversely affect the care of the patients.

It has been unveiled that in an elder patient’s ward, a nurse has the responsibility of nine patients. However, in the other wards viz. general ward and children ward, one nurse takes care of 7 and 4 patients respectively.

It is the ward of older patients which needs to be staffed effectively. It has been recommended that instead of one nurse serving to nine patients, the care of seven patients should be taken by a single nurse. By recruiting adequate number of nurses, the quality of care could be improved and thus better health care services could be provided to the elder patients.


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