Specialist nurses fear impact of ever increasing workloads [U.K.]
"The survey by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK found 97% of nurses thought their workload had increased in the past year and 91% expected it to increase again over the next 12 months.
Half of the survey respondents said they were unable to spend the necessary amount of time with their patients and 53% also revealed they were struggling to manage their workload without feeling stressed.
Many reported they did not have the all support or resources needed to provide a quality service to patients. The survey updates a similar exercise in 2011 and appears to show the situation has got worse, with a greater proportion reporting a lack of time with patients and heavier workloads.
This year nearly half – 47% – of the nurses who responded to the survey said they were the only nurse specialist working locally in a role that covered pancreatic cancer, compared to a third in 2011.
More than 40% of specialist nurses reported doing two to three hours unpaid work each week, while 28% said they worked more than six. Nearly 60% said they did not get any administrative support to help them do their job and 37% reported spending 10-20% of their time on paperwork."