The Capital Region of Denmark improves nursing care in medical departments

​Politicians in the Capital Region of Denmark aim to improve skills development and career opportunities for nursing staff in medical departments. Nurses support this initiative.

Several medical departments in the Capital Region of Denmark have difficulties retaining and attracting experienced nurses. This means that the departments are constantly training new nurses, and this has put pressure on the already busy departments. 

This has consequences for patients, because the remaining nursing staff have had to work ever more intensively. 

Therefore, the Capital Region of Denmark is now launching new and targeted initiatives to strengthen competences at medical departments. Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats), Chairman of the Regional Council, is pleased about the initiatives: 

"It's important to me that you have a cohesive treatment pathway at our hospitals and that you meet nurses who have time for you. We know that medical departments have problems and that the nursing staff are under ever more pressure."

"Therefore, together with the Danish Nurses Organization, we have agreed on targeted initiatives to make us better at recruiting and retaining nursing staff."

The Danish Nurses Organization is pleased

The Copenhagen branch of the Danish Nurses Organization is very satisfied with the region's initiatives.

"Medical nursing care is a very complex area, because patients often suffer from many different illnesses, all of which must be taken into account. This makes medical nursing care an interesting field to work in, but also very demanding, and the lack of development opportunities have encouraged many nurses look for work elsewhere."

"The region will now reverse this trend, and therefore deserves great praise," said Vibeke Westh, branch president.

She stressed that nurses want career paths and training/education, and that continuous professional development is important for job satisfaction. Therefore, the Danish Nurses Organization also expects the new initiatives to have an impact.

"Competent staff are a prerequisite for good and safe patient pathways and a healthy working environment. In the end, competent staff are also a prerequisite for the capacity at hospitals, so they can keep up with increasing needs. This is the right way to go," said Vibeke Westh.

The initiatives are a result of close collaboration between the Centre for Human Resources in the Capital Region of Denmark and the Copenhagen branch of the Danish Nurses Organization, and together they have identified barriers and solutions to make medical departments into more attractive workplaces.

Upgrading of skills, retention and recruitment

A high staff turnover in some departments has been one of the challenges in creating lasting improvements at medical departments. 

This means that much time is spent on training new employees in the department routines, and that vacant positions are often difficult to fill. This increases the workload on the remaining nursing staff, and the departments risk finding themselves in a vicious circle.

The Capital Region of Denmark will now offer newly qualified nurses as well as experienced nurses competence development and career planning to encourage them to stay at the medical departments.

Moreover, efforts will be made to inform students and other nurses about the many exciting professional opportunities offered by medical departments.

Additional information

  • Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats),Chairman of the Regional Council, through the press office: + 45 70 20 95 88
  • Vibeke Westh, branch president of the Danish Nurses Organisation, tel. +45 26 16 50 25
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