Health : They demand a “Labor Itinerary” for nurses

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The Nursing Union, SATSE, demanded the Ministry of Health and the health ministries of the autonomous communities to work together in the implementation in all health services of a “Labor Itinerary” that contemplates concrete measures that entail an improvement in working conditions of nurses and nurses, as well as the organization in health centers.

The implementation of this “Labor Itinerary” was one of the demands reiterated by the president of SATSE, Manuel Cascos, during his appearance at the Commission for Social and Economic Reconstruction, in order to improve the labor reality of a professional group, as is the case of nurses, who suffer particularly harsh and painful working conditions on a daily basis.

After the health emergency caused by the expansion of Covid-19 in Spain and once the urgent need to improve and strengthen the National Health System (SNS), the trade union organization believes that the time has come for all health administrations make this just claim possible.

Shift work, rotations, guards, night work, on weekends and holidays or staying in especially difficult and painful centers and services, are some of the working conditions of nurses that entail an undeniable physical, mental and emotional wear and tear that is increasing over the years.

A work environment that causes the early appearance, and throughout the working life, of different health problems, they affirm from the union organization. In this regard, and as an example, SATSE recalls that the International Labor Organization (ILO) concludes that night shift professionals lose 5 years of life for every 15 years of work, or that, according to a study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, exists higher mortality associated with the night shiftIn fact, women who work nights have an 11 percent higher risk of death.

Faced with this reality, the Nursing Union is a firm supporter of implement the «Work Itinerary» with measures that improve the conditions of professionals and promote greater efficiency and better management of health centers and services, understanding that these will lead to a greater rationalization of spending and, as a consequence, an improvement in our health system.

The individual reduction in the number of weekends, nights or annual shifts to work according to certain criteria; an exhaustive study of the jobs, with the corresponding cataloging of those with less care or work load, or the participation of nurses in the design of centers, organization and workspaces, are some of the concrete measures.

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