Never enough staff to care

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Abstract

What can be done to address nurse shortages in care homes? Thelma Agnew investigates

SUMMARY

Low staffing levels risk creating a culture of ‘accepted indignity’ in nursing homes. Despite the fact that staffing levels are often so low that nursing staff can barely provide essential care, minimum staff-to-patient ratios remain controversial. This article considers the case for ratios and invites readers’ responses.

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