The role of the modern-day nurse is underestimated by the majority of youngsters, a poll suggests.
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Many of the 1,000 18-year-old students questioned did not know nurses are authorised to give patients medicines and can also prescribe them.
Other areas the students had misconceptions about were pay and career progression - just 6% knew nurses could earn up to £100,000, while only 25% were aware they could rise to consultant level.
Some 20% of the students, who are studying different academic subjects, said they were more likely to opt for a career in nursing after hearing of the skills and opportunities involved.
Amongst those who had already given thought to a career in the profession, 63% said they were now more likely to follow that path.
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, head of the school, said:
“It is a worry that many students do not fully understand what a career as a nurse involves.
“We need to challenge and update the image of nursing to tell it as it is - one of the greatest and most rewarding professions providing one of the most precious services to society - compassionate, high-calibre care delivered by outstanding people.”