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Report of the Irish RN4CAST Studey 2009-2011: a nursing workforce under strain.

Scott, PA and Kirwan, M and Matthews, A and Morris, R and Lehwaldt, D (2013) Report of the Irish RN4CAST Studey 2009-2011: a nursing workforce under strain. Other. Dublin City University.

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Abstract

Foreword: The RN4CAST consortium research study, funded by the European Commission, has provided a unique opportunity to gain insight into both organisational and nurse staffing issues across the acute hospital sector in Ireland. As part of the RN4CAST (Ireland) study, for the first time, both hospitals and medical and surgical units within thirty out of a possible thirty-one acute hospitals (with over one hundred beds) have been surveyed. Data were collected in 2009-2010. The work of the international consortium also enables comparisons of Irish findings with key findings internationally. For example it has proved possible to compare such issues as patient – to - nurse ratios and patient - to health care-staff ratios across the 12 partner countries of the consortium. This is also the case, for example, for nurse burnout levels, job satisfaction and nurse perceptions of safety and quality of care. RN4CAST (Ireland) provides a portrayal of the Irish acute hospital sector as operating in a context of dynamic challenge and change from both internal and external drivers. There is considerable evidence of significant strain on the nursing staff working in the sector. Nursing staff indicate concern regarding aspects of the quality and safety of patient care and the availability of sufficient staff and resources to do their job properly. We are of the view that unless these and a number of other issues raised in this report are managed effectively, there will be detrimental impacts on patient care, patient safety and retention and recruitment of high quality nursing staff for our health service.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Dublin City University
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 15:14
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2015 08:12
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/567

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