Nurses’ union survey reveals impact of staff shortages


The INMO nurses’ and midwives’ union has published the results of its 2024 member survey, revealing that its members are concerned about how patient safety is being negatively impacted by staffing shortfalls, and that significant numbers have considered quitting due to high levels of stress. The survey found that 76% of respondents stated that their current staffing levels and skill mix did not meet the required clinical and patient demands in their work area, with 92% of those expressing concern that patient safety was at risk. More than half of respondents (54%) stated that they felt under pressure to work additional hours/shifts, with 15% stating they worked more than 20 additional unpaid hours per month. Some 63% of respondents stated that they had considered leaving their work area over the last month, and of those 45% said this was mainly due to workplace stress. The union also surveyed members on health and wellbeing, and their experiences of Long COVID, with more than one in five nurses and midwives (21%) stating that they had attended their doctor due to work-related stress and one in eight (13%) stating they had or had previously had Long COVID.

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