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Workforce Issues

Words matter: does the new RCN definition of nursing devalue the RNA?

‘The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform...

Nurses with visible tattoos and the issue of stigmatisation by the public

Nursing is still a predominantly female-based profession, with approximately 90% of all Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-registered nurses listed as female (NMC, 2023). Although women with visible...

A drop in nursing applications

Applications to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for nursing courses in the UK are down (as are applications for midwifery programmes). Scotland has seen the biggest drop, even...

RCN's new definition of nursing reflects changes in health care

Both definitions aim to describe the role and scope of nursing, but highlight different aspects of the profession.

Making the invisible visible

In the UK, British Arabs often share similar cultures, language and identity despite being from different Arab countries. Many British Arabs reside in the bigger cities such as London and Birmingham...

We need to support those who speak up, for everyone's safety

‘Act without delay if you believe that there is a risk to patient safety or public protection.’

NHS workforce strategy: navigating challenges and charting the future

The dedication of the NHS workforce was especially evident during the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, from 2008 to 2018, challenges such as insufficient funding, suboptimal planning, and fragmented...

Unpicking disproportionate referrals

The need to take action relating to the known issue of disproportionate referrals to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of certain groups of registrants has been one of the live areas of...

Raising the profile of nurse leadership

With no formal career path into nurse leadership identified, ENDs shared the view that shadowing senior roles was one example of invaluable support, referencing role models who were crucial to...

Nursing applications in decline

A disconcerting trend within the UK's healthcare sector has recently emerged, marked by a noticeable decrease in applications to study nursing for the academic year 2023-2024. This data, recently...

A global approach to workforce issues

‘Midwife and nurse graduates match or surpass health system demand and have the requisite knowledge, competencies and attitudes to meet national health priorities.’ .

Developing anti-racist undergraduate nursing education: themes and action

In 1950, UNESCO published a controversial Statement on Race, which declared that there was no such thing as biological race. This is supported by Golash-Boza (2016), who described ‘race’ as a social...

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