New safety guidance for lone workers

The Royal College of Nursing has published a new guide to support nursing staff who work alone.

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The guide has been produced after a 2015 survey of RCN members found almost half of nursing staff based in the community have been subjected to abuse during the last two years. In more than 11% of cases, this involved physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse.

As well as offering advice on personal safety, the guide also contains a checklist for RCN safety reps who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff.

A pocket guide is also available.

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