Half of practice nurses feel isolated at work

Nearly half of practice nurses feel isolated at work, a report suggests.

Nurses feel their qualifications are not being used (Photograph: SPL)
Nurses feel their qualifications are not being used (Photograph: SPL)

The study in BMC Nursing highlights 44% of practice nurses say they sometimes feel isolated, while 17% say they always feel isolated at work.

The report also revealed that isolated nurses were more likely to feel their qualifications were not being used to the full in  their current job.

The report suggests that while area-based initiatives are important, many of the solutions for tackling isolation lie within GP practices themselves.

It recommends that primary care organisations target their effort on supporting and building a team environment, and suggests that improving conditions for one group of staff should have a positive effect on all other staff.

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