RCN Scotland responds to registration figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council

9 Jul 2020

Increases in the nursing workforce and applications to study nursing at university should not hide the urgent need to ensure that nursing is attractive, well-paid, and meaningfully supported, says RCN Scotland.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today commented on the figures for numbers of registered nursing and midwifery professionals issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the data on the number of applicants for nursing courses issued by UCAS. 

Theresa Fyffe, Director, RCN Scotland said:

“Numbers of registered nurses are slowly moving in the right direction and it is good to see an increase in  people applying to study nursing. But the Scottish Government needs to do everything within its gift to help our existing workforce and ensure that nursing is attractive, well-paid, and meaningfully supported. This is how to equip NHS and care services to help keep patients safe.

“It’s tough going to work every day when there aren’t enough of you and there is seemingly little light at the end of the tunnel. Breaking this cycle through investment in domestic supply and action is about both patient safety and the health of our nursing staff.

“Many of our professionals are in the later stages of their career - a third on the register are over 50. These are extremely experienced nurses, who also support new nurses as they choose to join us. There is every reason to aim for oversupply to boost our profession and keep patients safe.”

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