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Practice nurses happiest with working hours amid overall drop in satisfaction

Practice nurses are happiest with the amount of time they spend working compared to those in other sectors, although overall satisfaction with working hours has fallen across the workforce over the last decade, according to a survey published today.  

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) surveyed 8,307 of its members, including 570 who work in general practice, and found that six in ten (61%) practice nurses are content with their working hours, compared to 51% on average across nursing employers. 

Meanwhile, nursing students were the least happy with the amount of time they spent working at 48%, followed by nurses working for independent sector hospitals (49%), NHS trusts and boards (49%) and hospices (53%). 

The figures stand against a backdrop of decreasing satisfaction with working hours over the last decade across the nursing workforce, falling from 71% in 2009 to 51% in 2019, along with work-life balance, dropping from 62% in 2009 to 39% a decade later.

In the latest report, practice nurses were also the least likely to say they spent too much time on non-nursing duties at 29% while nurses working for independent sector care homes were the most likely at 61% - compared to an average of 54%.

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