Nursing staff urged to take rest breaks

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched the 3Rs initiative and emphasised that breaks at work are a necessity, not a luxury.

Coinciding with Nutrition and Hydration Awareness Week, the campaign is designed to make members think about the consequences of not looking after themselves while on shift, including the safety-critical decisions they have to take, and how dehydration, for example, affects concentration and cognitive function.

Kim Sunley, national officer at the RCN, said: “Employers and managers need to recognise that in order to create safe and healthy working environments, nurses should be able to have regular breaks and have access to drinking water and healthy food during a shift, be that in the community or on a ward. Missed breaks have become the norm and this is not sustainable.”

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