Nurses who had expressed concerns about their ability to be reassigned to the ICU during an epidemic were told they could quit their jobs if they were unhappy.
Nurses were threatened with disciplinary action when they told managers they did not consider themselves qualified to work in intensive care settings.
Stormont’s health committee has also been told that the lives of some nurses working in the community have been endangered as a result of aggressive patients.
Representatives from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) also noted the lack of action to address the issue, with a health trust asking for evidence of staff abuse when the union asked what safety measures were in place to protect its members. Steps have been taken.
Meanwhile, qualified nurses recruited to bolster the nursing workforce are expected to clean, wash and run beds instead of focusing on frontline nursing duties.
It also came to light during the hearing that the former and deputy chief ministers have not yet agreed on an emergency meeting with the RCN to discuss safe staff and reward healthcare staff.
Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK that has not yet received a pay offer for healthcare staff.
The committee was also told that legislative efforts to ensure a safe staff level here were moving at an “icy pace”.
The issues raised by the RCN raise concerns that the union said it was challenging the weak morale of the workforce, the fatigue of the staff and the recruitment and retention of nurses in Northern Ireland. ۔
Addressing the committee, Fiona Devlin from RCN said: “We are being asked more and more and the fact is that we cannot recruit, we cannot retain staff because we are not being helped. , We are not getting the training or the time we want to do.
“More is being asked and less is being given.”
Ms Devlin said she could not rule out the possibility that members could choose to return to the ticket line if the health department offered 3%.
“We have written three times requesting an emergency meeting to discuss the salary award and the secure staff and so far we have been told that they are considering it appropriately, and this September,” he said. From the beginning. “
The committee was also provided with alarming details about the level of abuse by nurses and the apparent lack of action by NHS owners.
Ms Devlin said nurses working in the community have “faced real competition where their lives are at stake”.
He said the ongoing abuse caused “trauma and stress” that health trusts did not properly treat, leading to staff leaving their jobs.
Rita Devlin, RCN’s acting director in Northern Ireland, called staff abuse “soul-destroying”.
He continued: “We wrote to all the trusts to ask about their security arrangements … I have to say that the answers were not very helpful or helpful.
“Of course, a trust asked us for evidence to support it. There is no recognition of nurses in the service having a day-to-day experience.
Referring to the re-deployment of nurses throughout the epidemic, Ms Dowlin said there was “no doubt that the behavior of some managers contributed to staff stress”.
He said: “The nurses are tired and scared for the future, and we feel that we are often treated unfavorably, pushed by the pillars at the behest of some managers.
“RCN members reported that they have been instructed to re-deploy or face the consequences, while others have been told that if they do not like it, they know where the door is.”
“These same managers are now wondering why they can’t retain the nursing staff.”
He also said that trust exits are not being interviewed when nurses leave to help nurses understand the issues of dismissal.
“The nurse doesn’t quit her job, she quits the manager,” he said.
However, Anne Marie Marley of RCN pointed to the pressure from NHS managers.
“Trust directors have to make the most impossible decisions about canceling surgery and who is going to get an ICU bed for cancer of the time, so I wouldn’t even want to walk in their shoes,” he said. ۔ “
“They have a very difficult job, they understand the pressure and ask extensively when they have to re-deploy staff and demotion services and many of these nurses are themselves and members.
“The whole system is under pressure at the moment to be able to meet the unbearable demand we are facing at the moment.”