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Dignity ‘should be at the centre of nursing’

28th April 2008

The Royal College of Nursing (RNC) has released a survey to mark the beginning of its annual congress that reveals the desire of nurses for dignity to be central to the profession.

It reports that eight out of ten nurses admit having left work in a distressed state as they have been unable to ensure that their patients have been treated with dignity, with some nurses facing major obstacles to prevent them delivering the kind of care they would like.

While 86 per cent of those surveyed would like to make dignity a higher priority as part of their daily routine, 65 per cent said they do not have the available time to ensure that patients have the type of care they would prefer.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “Dignity should not be an afterthought or an optional extra.

“Each and every patient – whether they are in a hospital, a GP’s surgery, in the community or in a care home – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

He added that nurses want to give patients dignified and high quality personalised care, but sometimes lack the time, resources and specialist equipment to do so.

Earlier this month, a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation claimed that dedicated nursing teams in care homes for the elderly could reduce hospital admissions and save the NHS money.

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