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The big question: are job shortages a serious problem for newly qualified nurses?


Are people not being replaced at your trust? Are jobs being frozen? Is there a serious shortage of jobs for newly qualified nurses? What do you think? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

Recently a poll of 500 learning disability nurses revealed that three out of four saw spending cuts to services in their area in the past year.

And at the RCN Congress 2012, all members of the audience stood when asked if they had witnesed cuts to their services around the UK.

Are job shortages a serious problem for newly qualified nurses? Are posts being frozen where you are? Are you a newly qualified nurse struggling to find nursing work?How are you coping?

Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine


Readers' comments (3)

  • As a Student Nurse, I am not only concerned about the job freezes, job shortages and staff not being replaced, I am also concerned by the increase in retirement age meaning fewer vacancies arising through staff retiring. Although I firmly believe that working past retirement age is perfectly fine for those that want to do it, making people work an extra 2 years before they can claim their NHS pension simply adds to the current unemployment crisis. Making someone work an extra 2 years simly keeps someone else out of a job for 2 years, where is the logic in that?!

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  • Of course they are!!! But not just for newly qualified nurses! There is no room for qualified and experienced nurses to move to other trusts or move up the ladder, or even work in a nursing area that they are suited to/enjoy working in! And as for those recently qualifying and are still out of work I can remember how crap that can be, it can feel like you have just wasted three years of hard work and sacrifice. I've been qualified a while now but it took me a good 6 or so months to find a job when I did. I felt like giving up. Many of my fellow students did. I know of more than one who qualified and went to work in different fields because they couldn't find a job. But as they say, maybe they were the lucky ones?

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  • I just finished my return to practice and I am struggling to get a suitable job as most jobs want experienced nurses. How does one get the level of clinical experience then ?, if not given the opportunity to perfect and signed competent in their skills during precerptorship period.My placement was on a Neurological Rehab Unit there were not so many clinical skills done on this unit and now I am trying to get a job were I can have the opportunity to improve my clinical skills and they want someone who has experience.Now I am wondering maybe I am not going to get a job anytime soon or maybe not at all.An suggestion will be much appreciated

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