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More graduate nurses being employed

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The number of graduate nurses in employment has nearly doubled over the past four years, according to the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

There were 43.7% more nurses with a degree in employment six months after graduation in 2007 compared with 2004, according to the agency’s What graduates do 2008 survey.

It questioned 200,000 UK graduates in January and found 4,215 were working as nurses six months after graduation compared with 2,935 in 2004.

RCN student adviser Gill Robertson said: ‘Some of this will have been down to an increased number of places but also the change to all-graduate profession in Wales and Northern Ireland might be being reflected. We would hope it means more graduate nurses are staying in the profession.’

However, the data also revealed that 1.7% of graduate nurses were still seeking employment six months after qualification.

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