16 January

By now, we are all fully aware of the crisis A&E departments are in. Another proposed action has been put in place for nurses; a strict guideline on how many staff is ‘really’ needed on the ward, and per patient.

The main guidelines that have been put in place are:

– One nurse for every four cubicles

–  For major trauma or cardiac arrest patients there should be two nurses per patient

– Senior nurses are to look out for red flags that may show something is wrong in the wards

The BBC ran this news and had a spokesman Prof Mark Baker, from NICE, explained they wanted to;

“[Ensure] there are enough available nursing staff with the right skills helps to make sure people in need of immediate medical help will get safe care whatever time of day or night.” [1]

These rules may help the A&E situation, however at the present time, they have not specifically acknoweldged all A&E departments to understand how much help and restructuring is needed. Therefore we started to think, are these actions the right ones to take? With the severity of A&E issues, is it down to monitoring nurses? And, do nurses feel this strain?

It has been said the these plans were meant to be put in place before the winter issues, however we could argue that it will benefit the NHS to implement these now, since the A&E has reached breaking point. But if they have not monitored who needs help, and this may be a trial, then how are they to know which actions are best to take?

However, a Department of Health spokeswoman said there were now more nurses in the NHS than when the current government came to power.

“This NICE guidance will give the NHS evidence to make sure it has the right number of staff, improving patient care,” [2]

The growth in nurses means that these new requirements may run smoothly, and staffs may need be overrun, and patients will be attended to correctly.

However, Primary Care Professionals also wanted to add – if you are a junior Nurse who wants to reach higher levels, we can provide you with the correct environment to help you be where you truly want to be in this profession. Whether it be attending A&E yourself, or in surgeries, we want to help too.

Please get in touch should you wish to know more. And please let us know your thoughts on this news.

Call: 0203 137 2114

Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

[1] BBC News, (2015). A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30829555

[2] Ibid

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