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Student nurse numbers dropped by 11% in year bursary was axed

The number of nursing students entering higher education in England dropped by 11% in 2017, the year controversial funding reforms went into force.     

RCN campaign urges public to speak out about nurse shortages  

The public is being encouraged to speak out about the impact of England’s 40,000 nurse shortage in a new advertising campaign from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).  

NMC: Whistleblowing report shows concerns taken ‘seriously’

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) received 34 whistleblowing disclosures from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Government eases language requirement for overseas nurses

Overseas health professionals including nurses will now only need to pass one language exam to work in the UK.

Debate: Should universities lower entry requirements for nursing?

After a report exploring the barriers to studying nursing sparked a debate online, a nursing student and a lecturer discuss whether universities should relax entry requirements.

NHS pilot to flag learning disability details on patient records

Nurses and other health professionals will be able to identify if a patient has a learning disability and has a specific need that requires a reasonable adjustment as part of a trial launched by NHS Digital.

Rise in new student nurse numbers not enough to fill vacancies, warns RCN

The slight increase in students accepted onto nursing undergraduate degree courses in England is not enough to close the gap on vacancies, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said.  

How to become a locum practice nurse

Katrina Vos, an experienced locum nurse, discusses the pros and cons of the role.

RCN: Nursing shortage could worsen with proposed minimum salary for migrants

Proposals to increase the salary threshold for overseas nurses will further exacerbate the UK’s nursing shortage crisis, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said.

How to reflect on your practice

Paula Ingram and Marianne Murdoch with advice on reflecting for revalidation