Fears over job security, career progression and training have left nursing morale at a 10 year low, a major RCN survey has found.
This compares with findings from the same survey, last carried out in 2005, when morale among nurses was reported as being at an all time high, following sustained investment and workforce growth.
Only 34% of the 9,000 surveyed this year thought nursing was as a stable career choice and 25% said they had a second job to make ends meet.
Almost 60% of nurses are working 44 hours each week, seven more than their contracted hours. Fear of redundancy has jumped from 7% two years ago to 35%.
RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: 'This survey demonstrates to the government that nurses' goodwill is at breaking point.'