Of the 3,814 nurses who responded to the survey, 52% said their trusts are not giving them the right amount of training while 90% said training was vital for ensuring safety.
Moreover, 69% had received less than 10 days’ post-registration training in the past 12 months, with three days being the average within that group.
Sue Howard, RCN education adviser, said: ‘These results are shocking. It should make trusts take a serious look at what is happening out there. Someone needs to listen to what is being said, quite frankly. ‘The fact that over half are saying they are not getting adequate training is a cause for concern.’
Ms Howard said it proved there was a national discrepancy between what is considered to be a suitable level of training and that trusts needed to take a closer look at improving continued professional development.
The survey also found that one in three nurses felt unsupported and access to training in some areas of the country is seen as so poor that one in 10 said they were ready to quit over the issue.
Nurses told NT their training requests were being rejected on the grounds of insufficient funds and a lack of cover, with 63% saying their trust was not providing adequate cover for staff training.
Paul Turner, executive officer for the Council of Deans for Health, said the situation was a result of continued training and education budget raiding by SHAs, which began in 2005–2006 when £135m was diverted to other areas.
‘It is clearly important that post-registration education and continued professional development is properly protected,’ said Mr Turner.
NT has this week launched a major campaign, Time Out for Training, to help nurses get the training they deserve.