Nurses Say Staff Shortages Pose Barrier to End of Life Care

May 30, 2019

(Medscape) – Short staffing has led to some nurses spending their break times sitting with dying patients, a survey suggested. The poll carried out by the charity Marie Curie and the magazine Nursing Standard found that 65% of nurses surveyed said that staffing shortages were the main barrier to providing good care for dying patients. In 2018, 38% reported the same reason. Meanwhile, 57% of nurses reported time constraints as the biggest obstacle to providing care for people approaching the end of life, up from 25% the previous year. The survey also found that 33% of nurses felt they were not sufficiently supported at work to manage grief and emotional stress.