Where have all the nurses gone?

Shields, Linda, and Watson, Roger (2008) Where have all the nurses gone? Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 (1). pp. 95-101.

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Objective The aim of this article is to highlight a crisis that has developed in UK nursing.

Setting The nursing workforce worldwide is diminishing and the UK nursing workforce is no exception.

Subjects Registered Nurses.

Primary argument While steps are being taken in the UK to alleviate the nursing shortage by funding more places in university nursing departments, this initiative is no longer viable due to the financial crisis in the NHS, which funds nursing education. The significant influx of international nurses to the UK is likely to be a short-term solution to a long-term problem as this incipient form of neo-colonialism is seen to deplete developing countries of their nurses, and international nursing bodies condemn it.

Conclusions The outcome of the crisis may well lead to the disappearance of nurses from the UK NHS workforce as they are replaced by the cheaper alternative of health care assistants and technicians. This can only be to the detriment of patients.

Item ID: 26783
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-4328
Keywords: UK, policy, NHS
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Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 11:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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