Nurses believe that heavy workloads and insufficient staff are impacting patient care and health outcomes around the world, according to research presented today at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) 24th Quadrennial Congress.
The results are part of an extensive global attitudinal survey, which asked more than 2,000 nurses about the challenges and opportunities they face.
"Nurses represent the largest group of healthcare providers in the world," said ICN Chief Executive Officer, David Benton. "We are keen to better understand nurses' views of their work and the environments in which they practice across the world.
"These results will inform the Positive Practice Environment campaign ICN and partners are implementing to improve the practice environment and with it the quality of care."
An estimated 13 million nurses form the backbone of health care systems, working in hospitals, clinics, communities and other settings around the world.
ICN and Pfizer Inc. External Medical Affairs collaborated on a global representative survey of 2,203 nurses in eleven countries, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Uganda, the UK, and the US.
The survey finds that nine in 10 (92%) nurses face time constraints that prevent them spending enough time with individual patients as they think necessary. Nearly all nurses surveyed (96%) say that spending more time with individual patients would have a significant impact on patient health.
Other key findings from the research provide a glimpse into the challenges nurses face, and opportunities for improvements.
Nearly half of nurses (46%) say their workload is worse today compared to five years ago, potentially impacting the quality of patient care.
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"The populus are now beginning to accept that nurses are the backbone to good healthcare for all. With this more efforts should be made not only to lift the morale among nurses but to improve training the working environment and financial position for all nurses those trained to provide for further growth and development and for trainees the right environment to acquire the relevant skills and expertise not only to function but to enjoy the profession and most of all to stay within it for the benefit of us all at some stage or other not only as providers but as receivers of healthcare provisions" - V Henry, London
"Yes, I do agree with this, being a staff nurse, we are facing this problem a lot, the number of patients are relatively increasing in all the healthcare settings and it seems that we are dealing with a huge shortage in nurses globally, as my colleague said, this will directly affect patient care. I hope soon our voices will be heard." - Sabah Awil Elmi, United Arab Emirates
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