What is it about?

There are high levels of stress and burnout in District Nursing. This is due to workload, complex patient care, and other pressures. Professional Nurse Advocates may be able to help reduce stress and burnout by supporting staff in practice.

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Why is it important?

This will reduce stress and burnout of staff. This in turn reduces sickness/absences, improves wellbeing and enables provision of improved quality of care for patients.


Working in District Nursing for many years I have seen increased levels of stress in staff which impacts not only on their wellbeing but on the care they are able to provide to patients. The workload has increased significantly and we are also caring for a lot of complex and end of life patients. Staff morale is low and people feel deflated. Hopefully introducing nurse advocates will enable greater support and enable nurses to remain at work and happy in their role.

Beverley Miles
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

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This page is a summary of: A review of the potential impact of professional nurse advocates in reducing stress and burnout in district nursing, British Journal of Community Nursing, March 2023, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2023.28.3.132.
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