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Staffing Shortage At Dublin Hospital Means Nurses Are Using Baby Monitors To Check On Patients.

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While an INMO study shows 90% of nurses are experiencing mental exhaustion.

Nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin have been forced to use baby monitors to check up on patients in ICU because of staff shortages.

It comes as nurses across the country say they're experiencing burnout because of Covid 19 and demanding workloads.

A survey by the INMO shows 90 per cent of nurses face mental exhaustion and 68 per cent are considering leaving the profession.


Kilcullen resident, Steve Pitman is Head of Education & Professional Development, at the INMO.

He says the baby monitor situation highlights the chronic staffing issues.

The INMO is warning nurses are facing an unprecedented increase in workload demands because of the pandemic.

Steve Pitman says it’s a worrying development

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