Community nurses call for safer working conditions

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Community and District Nursing Association (CDNA) has called for safer working conditions for community nurses. Launching a position statement and guidelines at a CDNA senior steward training and development conference in September, national professional officer Heather Ballard said the CDNA was committed to maintaining and improving the safety of its members. “Community nursing is largely a solitary occupation, with many nurses visiting patients alone at night,” Ms Ballard said. “In many areas of the UK where nurses visit alone, they do not have access to a suitable communication system. The position statement was developed for members, particularly those who work at night. The guidelines will promote the principles of safe and best practice at all times. “In a personal safety survey carried out by the CDNA in 1999, 67% of community nurses interviewed felt unsafe at work. Sixty-one per cent had experienced verbal abuse or threatening behaviour during the course of a working day. The safety of all staff o

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