Caring in Crisis: the impact of the financial crisis on nurses and nursing. A Comparative Overview of 34 European countries – European Federation of Nurses Associations – January 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics, Nursing |

Caring in Crisis: the impact of the financial crisis on nurses and nursing. A Comparative Overview of 34 European countries – European Federation of Nurses Associations – January 2012

“Since the onset of the global financial crisis in early 2008 the EFN and its 34 member associations have been observing the effects on nurses and nursing with watchful vigilance. The effects are obvious; an actual reduction in nurses’ posts across Europe, nurses’ pay cuts and salary freezes, diminished recruitment and retention rates, and observed compromises in quality of care and patient safety. In particular:

  • Over half of EFN members report pay cuts, pay freeze and rising unemployment for nurses;
  • Over a third of EFN members report concerns about quality of care and patient safety;
  • Over one fifth of EFN members report downgrading of nursing and substitution of nurses with unskilled workers.

Effectively, this has resulted in nurses all over Europe working harder than before to maintain quality standards, while being asked to provide more for less. As nursing is a primarily female dominated profession, women are unequally and hardest hit.”

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