Hot drinks and public sympathy for nurses on the picket lines | Nursing


In many professions, working 14 hours a day without a break is unthinkable, but it’s becoming more and more the norm for many nurses who freeze picket lines across the country on Thursdays.

Ella Savage, a pediatric nurse at Leeds General Clinic, which has about 200 nurses at one of 125 Royal College of Nursing (RCN) pickets across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: It’s a tough situation,” he said.

“We have a shortage of staff, more young staff, more patients and more sick patients. A busy day is terrifying. rice field.

Her colleague Jenny France, who manages the children’s ward, agrees. “All nurses try to avoid impacting their patients, but there are limits,” she said.

Ella Savage (left) and Jenny France on the picket line. Photo: Richard Saker/The Guardian

Her ward needs 16 nursing staff, but there are currently only 9. This means that the nurse continues to work unpaid after completing her 12-hour shift, taking extra shifts and not taking necessary breaks to eat or use the restroom.

Pediatric staff nurse Jane Matthews, 66, stands in a picket queue outside the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.

“We don’t want to be here. We don’t have to do this. We don’t have enough staff in the hospital.

“We are already at capacity when the winter pressure sets in. If we don’t have enough nurses, we can’t get people out of the emergency department quickly enough because the beds aren’t opening. , an ambulance is on standby.It’s going to get worse this winter.”

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