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International Nurses Day 2015 Support safe staffing levels

12 May 2015

Secure the future of our nursing workforce and save patients’ lives

International Nurses’ Day is a time to celebrate the dedication, achievements and hard work of nurses and wider members of the nursing family.  On this day of celebration, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales said: “It is important for us to take some time today to reflect on the importance of good health and delivery of social care within our society. We are extremely fortunate as a nation, to have a National Health Service but this does not succeed in isolation and often it is the integration of health and social care that delivers for our service users. Nurses work across the continuum of healthcare delivery in a variety of ways, some of which maybe within the community, or within the independent care home sector or within a hospital environment. Today the 12th of May, our International Nurses Day, it is the time to celebrate Our Nurses and Nursing.”

“Today, we reflect on the huge skill set that nurses are required to hold in order to provide safe care in a kind and compassionate manner when the challenges are immense. Nurses today are required to be immensely resilient in seeking to deliver safe care in the current climate and, as a consequence, we must always remember that nurses, like the rest of us, experience feelings of exhaustion, frustration and at times are overwhelmed with the challenges they face.

Pressures within the National Health services UK-wide are unrelenting and it is a time for the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government to take the lead and ensure that the NHS in Wales protects our patients by showing support for the Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill that is currently being considered by the National Assembly for Wales’ Health & Social Care Committee (HSCC).”

“This Bill has just received support from the HSCC during Stage 1. We need the public and politicians alike to back this bill in order to ensure that we do not compromise the safety of our patients when failing to provide safe staffing levels, setting the standard for other UK parliaments.”