Charity warns of shortage of nurses in children’s palliative care

by Jo Stephenson, Reporter

A worrying shortage of nurses working in children’s palliative care is having a negative impact on care, a charity has warned Nursing Times ahead of a new drive to promote the specialty.

Together for Short Lives is preparing to launch a campaign to promote children’s palliative care as a rewarding career to nurses and nursing students.

“They will find it incredibly uplifting with the chance to keep their skills levels really high”

Gillian Dickson

Its latest warning on staffing follows research that showed an ongoing average nursing vacancy rate of 10% among voluntary sector children’s palliative care organisations, with a knock-on for care.

For full article see Nursing Times 13 September 2016