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The big question: will the NMC fee rise encourage nurses to leave the profession?


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has said it will monitor the impact of its fee rise on the size of the nursing workforce.

The new annual registration fee of £120 will take effect from March 2015. Unions have warned that the increase could persuade tens of thousands of staff to leave the profession.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said the nursing regulator would keep track of its impact on the numbers of nursing staff “as best as we can”.

What impact do you think the fee rise will have on the profession?



Readers' comments (15)

  • Pussy

    Jack is Smith is a shrewd operator-greedy and manipulative. I doubt if thousands of nurses will leave as the fee isn't exorbitant,it's just that it's wasted on useless initiatives and jobs for the boys.

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  • for an extra £20 a year? surely their profession means more to them than that!

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  • Maybe a monthly or quarterly payment should be considered. It is a large sum to pay out from one months wage.

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  • Were regular smaller payments not considered? I thought I had read this had already been agreed. There should also be an option for nurses to decide whether they would prefer to have it deducted from their wages and tax refund dealt with at source. Britain and its health and employment services are so outmoded and disorganized.

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  • "...once you’re a nurse, you’re always a nurse"

    or so you were let to believe when you qualified as an RN. when you now leave the NMC register you remain qualified as your qualifications are a fact and can never be taken away from you but you are no longer an RN. When someone asks you what qualifications you hold, unless you did a nursing degree course, you no longer have anything to call your qualification by. What other profession or university graduation course takes your designation away from you after you leave the professional register allowing you the right to practice. If you look at university degrees or medical qualifications held by doctors once these have been earned they remain with them for ever, BSc....PhD, MB, BS, MRCP, FRCS, etc.
    How about a MRCN or an FRCN for example and something like QN or something better for somebody who has earned the pre-university degree qualification of a nurse?

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  • 'It’s never been easier to return to the nursing profession'

    3 October, 2014


    how come you can access this article through your e-mail newsletter but are not permitted to comment on it, and then when you sign in your are denied free access to any part of it? If you are trying to attract nurses back to the profession perhaps it would be an idea to allow free access to both the article and the comments section!

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  • It's not that £20 is going to break the bank. I shall finish with nursing because it's an accumulation of things. The fee rise is just one more little insult. Coupled with a lack of leadership, and little chance at any meaningful advancement. I knew I would be ending my nursing career when I was publicly criticised. This was by an angry 'service user', on my local allotment. This person seemed determined to hold me responsible for problems experienced using the service.

    For me this is a new low, I've been verbally and physically attacked at work. I've watched politicians rubbish nurses on TV. I've read similar things in the press, but to be subject to vitriol by a person when off duty. That's end for me I'm afraid, I'm done with it.

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  • rather a trivial topic in the face of the Ebola crisis, and all those faced with it!

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  • Anonymous | 9-Oct-2014 4:50 pm

    sorry to read you comments which I believe are not unusual and can anybody.

    If there is a lack of leadership, we must be the leaders ourselves and even if it is only in very small ways. leading from the bottom up is as important as it is from the top down, and on working in teams and the effect on our patients, and even more so as it is only these individuals working on the front line who have the full picture of the needs of our patient, ourselves and other team members involved in their care, no matter their role or level.

    Has the time come, instead of being proud of our profession and what we do, to separate it from out private lives and our own protection not to disclose what we do? I keep very quiet now outside work about being a nurse as nobody else, and especially strangers, need to know.

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  • michael stone

    As an outsider, but one who reads NT posts, it seems to me that there are many more significant factors currently at work in prompting nurses to leave nursing: or, perhaps, to continue nursing but elsewhere (Australia keeps getting positive comments, as a place to go to !).

    But, I suppose the real question is will there be enough nurses left here in the UK: that is a more difficult question to try and answer.

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