At busy times on Rufford ward at the Park hospital, it was apparent that the nursing staff were under pressure owing perhaps to staff shortages. Having said that, I do not believe that the nursing staff allowed the pressure to compromise or reflect on the good quality of care they offered. For example, one patient sustained a fall and was unable to get up unaided. When a nurse found that she couldn't lift the patient on her own, she could only sit and sympathise with the patient as no other staff were around to help her.
Whilst I appreciate that staffing levels impact on financial considerations in the present climate, I am concerned that dedicated, professional and committed people may resolve to leave the profession as a result of, at times, untenable pressure.
"Understaffed on Rufford ward"
About: Park Hospital Park Hospital Nottingham NG5 8RX
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