Nursing has to Be Attractive, Meaningfully Supported and Well-Paid

The RCN have demanded a very long-term fix for the workforce issues that are currently being experienced by nurses. This is even the case with the current rise in registered nurses. At the end of the day, figures might show an increase in the total number of nurses, associates and even nurse agency providers, but the NMC are concerned that the impact of Covid-19 is going to affect the nursing recruitment agency sector for years to come. The report has shown that even before the pandemic, the amount of stress that staff were under was not good and that so many had to leave the profession they were in because they could not cope. These concerns have since been echoed by RCN and they are now calling for a long-term fix for the nursing shortage that is happening right now.

Dame Donna Kinnair

Dame Donna Kinnair, who is the Chief Executive over at RCN has stated that they do in fact want to celebrate the diversity of the global profession and they can see that numbers are now moving in the right direction. Right now though, the UK government have to do everything they can to make sure that the nursing sector is attractive and that it is also meaningful too. They know that this is a gift to the workforce right now and for that reason, they have to do everything they can to keep people safe. The data is showing that people are quitting nursing because they cannot handle the amount of pressure they are under and this is making the shortages even more acute. It’s very tough to see that every single day, people are struggling because there aren’t enough nurses to go round, but nurses themselves are struggling too.

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