Report: nurses in care homes working well under pressure
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) says the findings of a recent RCN survey of nurses’ employment and morale suggest that nursing home staff are working well under pressure.
Figures from the survey suggest that around twice as many nurses employed in care homes as on NHS older people’s wards agree that there are sufficient staff on duty to provide a good standard of care and meet patients’ needs.
This is despite the fact that the same survey found a higher number of patients per registered nurse in care homes (18.3 per nurse during the day and 26.4 at night) than on an NHS older person’s ward (11.3).
RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said that, while the figures portrayed a more positive image about the independent care home sector than they did about the NHS, it was nevertheless important to recognise the significant funding pressures on nursing homes and the relatively low priority attached to the care of older people by the government and by local authorities.