Nurses in the UK have said they feel forced to compromise on patient care because of staffing shortages and growing workload pressures.

In the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) 2009 Employment Survey, four in ten nurses (42%) said that due to short staffing, patient care was compromised at least once or twice a week.

More than half of the nurses (55%) interviewed said they were too busy to provide the level of care they would like to and 61% said their workload was too heavy and that they were under too much pressure.

About 55% said that hospitals do not have sufficient staff to meet patient needs and that nurses were looking after more patients on the wards, according to the survey.