Responding to the UCAS ‘Who are the future nurses?’ report, Patricia Marquis, RCN Director for England, said:
“The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the profession and the surge in applications to study nursing is very welcome.
“However, record numbers of applications does not equate to record numbers of nurses entering the workforce, as many of these students won’t qualify until 2024 and beyond.
“Many of the existing nursing workforce are thinking of leaving the profession because of the unrelenting pressures and because they feel undervalued, exhausted and that they can’t give patients the level of care they want.
“Ministers now need to grip the situation or risk this wave of enthusiasm being squandered."
Notes to editors
The full UCAS report is available here