AHHRM optimistic about staffing levels, despite nurses’ survey

The
Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management claims that initiatives to
recruit nurses are working, despite research that shows staffing levels are
still inadequate.

A
survey by the Royal College of Nursing published last week reveals almost two-thirds
of the 6,000 nurses who responded feel that staffing levels where they work are
insufficient to meet patient needs.

But
Sally Storey, who is due to be replaced as the AHHRM president by Tracy Myhill
at its annual conference in York tomorrow, is optimistic that more people are
joining the nursing profession.

She
believes that recruitment drives such as Autumn Burst, the Improving Working
Lives strategy to encourage more flexible working and the Staff Involvement
initiative to give healthcare professionals more of an input into the way the
NHS is being run, are having a positive affect.

She
said, "These things will not have an impact overnight, but when I talk to
staff within my trust there is a strong sense of optimism. They feel encouraged
by the developments that are happening."

By Ben Willmott

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