Return to practice
Failure to have an adequate nurse workforce plan for the NHS over the past 10 years is one of the major reasons for current escalating deficits among trusts in England, MPs have been told.
A government-funded scheme designed to attract nurses back into the NHS by paying for refresher courses could in the future be extended to help tackle the recruitment crisis in care homes, Nursing Times has learnt.
Nearly 200 former nurses and midwives are expected to return to practice this year, according to the Scottish government, which it said was more than double the original aim of the scheme.
A return to practice scheme has started in Lincolnshire, with the aim of bringing back former nurses to the county’s acute and community services.
Returning to practice: a first-hand accountSubscription
What’s it really like to return to nursing practice after a break? Sarah Wilde explains the anxieties, frustrations and joy in coming back to the profession
The chief executive of Scotland’s biggest nursing agency has spoken of her “despair” at the shortage of qualified nurses to fill gaps in care.
Multiple mini-interviews for nurse recruitmentSubscription
Multiple mini-interviews are being used collaboratively by a higher education institution and an NHS trust to select nurses with the right skills and value
Support for nurses returning to practiceSubscription
Although return to practice has been underused as a strategy for recruiting nurses, many returners are highly experienced and likely to remain in practice until retirement
Despite struggling against the “corporate machine”, Deborah never looked back after deciding to return to practice
Revitalised return to practice programmes make it easier for former nurses to come back to the profession, says Janice Stevens