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Ongoing concern as nursing course applications reach new low


The headline and thrust of this article suggests that England can't attract undergraduate (trainee) nurses, yet in the same article, I read: "..However, the report shows the decrease in the overall number of applicants has not translated into a major drop in people gaining places with nursing courses continuing to be over-subscribed There were just 80 fewer acceptances this year, which puts the total number of nursing acceptances at 28,540 – the third highest on record...." Well, I'm confused! Are the training places being filled, or not? ..and the last time I looked, nurses who train in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have never been prevented from working in England. Many Nurses can, and do move around; and msybe there'd be greater mobility if there were more respectful career incentives, terms and conditions. Government need to think more flexibly about how and where they invest our precious money supply. Maybe the problem is more to do with University's maintaining their income, rather than educating folk who want to be Nurses. ....and maybe, in terms of folk going into Nurse Training we should consider the numbers who Graduate, Register, remain on the Register, and build long term and fulfilling careers, working succesfully in our UK Health Services, hrlping people who are ill and working to promote better help. Let's not get worked up and distracted by a Numbers game; rather, lets focus, more fundamentally, on how we are more truly to match the right help sustainably, with the variety of need.

Posted date

3 December, 2018

Posted time

10:29 am