Senior Staff Nurse
I work in East London. I nurse on an Elderly Care unit.
Comment on: CNO announces ‘nurse first’ scheme for graduates
I get that people might think of this as a shortcut into nursing but it's a bit unfair to knock it so early on. The nurses I know who are most resistant to change are coincidentally among the least clinically effective I know. Nursing should try to attract the brightest graduates. We expect that of law, medicine and banking, but instantly knock a scheme that tries to do the same for nursing. That says more about our own lack of regard for nursing.
This 1% situation along with the rising cost of living in London would seem the perfect storm for poor staff retention. The past solution of recruiting from overseas will most likely fail because those who come will leave the capital when they realise living standards are better outside it borders; and HS2 is really geared towards higher earners. One fears for the future.
Good to know. Thanks!