Nurses stressed and short staffed

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The Nursing Times annual survey found that nurses cope with an increasingly stressful workplace and that most of them consider their departments to be short staffed. This often unsustainable level of stress results in an increasingly low morale and alarming high number of stress-related illnesses.

Participants to the survey claim that, although most of the staff values and cares for patients, the time they can dedicate to extra care is lacking, due to the amount of work and stress they have to face everyday.

The pressure in the workplace has also effects on the staffing of NHS facilities. Despite the recruitment of nurses from overseas, participants claim that it has been 'difficult or almost impossible to recruit new staff', as well as retaining existing staff.

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