Nurses Drowning in Paperwork!

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A poll of 6000 nurses revealed on average that 17.3% of nurses' hours are spent on non-nursing tasks such as filing, photocopying and ordering supplies.

In addition it was highlighted that the amount of paperwork in general was increasing, all of which takes nurses away from their primary function: providing quality nursing care for their patients.

Clearly some paperwork is essential; in particular that related directly to patient care and and assessment of risk, however it seems to me very worrying that where nurses are struggling to care for their patients in areas where there is increasing disparity between nurse to patient ratios that precious time is being spent on non-nursing tasks in order that Trusts can 'tick boxes'. 

The government has pledged to cut bureaucracy by a third and has announced a review to be carried out by the NHS Confederation to report back in the near future. Read more about this story here.

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Sam is a Registered Nurse with 17 years' experience working in the NHS. She uses her medical and nursing knowledge and experience to liaise with clients.

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