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

.

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.


Latest News

Increase of Sales Tax on Cigarettes Lowered Smoking Rate in Japan by 20%
Republican House Votes accuse US President Barack Obama of Impeachment
In a Peppy Second Quarter US economy Experiences a 4% Growth
After Talks Fail With The Creditors Argentina Yet Again Falls into Default
Feds Expected to Trim Bond Purchases, Could Also Offer Hazy Clues on Interest Ra
After First Six Months of Sales Toyota Remains at Top
McDonald's Franchisee ruling Gives Rise to Business-Labour Arguments
Breakage in Main Pipe Causes Havoc in UCLA
Southwest Airlines to Be Charged a Fine of $12 million Over Issues Related to Re
Zillow to Purchase Trulia; A Merger That Will Create a Real Estate Giant Listing
More than One Third of Americans Debt Offenders
Video Shows Baby Turtles Heading to Sea