Nursing applications increase in GlasgowIvy Madziva
Across Glasgow, 805 people applied to start studying as a nurse last year, a three per cent rise on the previous year.
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‘Applications to become a nurse in Glasgow Central have dropped by 11 per cent in just a year, new figures show – but across the whole of Glasgow, the numbers increased.
It follows the removal of a living support bursary for nursing students in England – although the Scottish Government has pledged increased bursaries of £10,000 per year by 2020-21 for nursing and midwifery students north of the border.
RCN figures show that in 2017, just 80 people applied to start a nursing degree in Glasgow Central – down from 90 in 2016.
Of those who applied last year, 50 per cent were accepted onto a course. It means 40 people started to train for their qualifications, the same as the previous year.
Across Glasgow, 805 people applied to start studying as a nurse last year, a three per cent rise on the previous year. Acceptances increased from 365 to 445.
Nurses often continue to work locally, the RCN said, so a drop in applications in one area could point to future nursing staff shortages there.
IIn some of Glasgow’s other constituencies:
• In Glasgow South, there was a drop from 100 applications in 2016 to 90 last year. Acceptances rose from 45 to 55.
• In East Dunbartonshire, applications remained level at 90, and acceptances rose from 50 to 55.
• In Glasgow North East, applications increased from 115 to 120, and acceptances rose from 50 to 65.
Nationally, 51,000 people submitted nursing applications last year – 12,000 fewer than in 2016.
The number of applications accepted, meanwhile, dropped only slightly. There were 28,140 people accepted onto courses in 2017, a 1% drop.
But hard-to-recruit areas, such as learning disability and mental health nursing, have been hit particularly hard by the drop in mature students, the RCN said.
Those aged over 25 are more likely to have care or family commitments, and struggle to take up study.
Dr Anne Corrin, head of professional learning and development at the RCN, said: “A drop in nursing students in key areas could spell disaster for patients in the local community.
“Nursing students often go on to work for local hospitals or other employers, and fewer students coming through will only worsen the recruitment crisis in the area.
“The number of unfilled nurse jobs is rising as the number in education falls, and whether it’s worried parents waiting hours in A&E or an older person who can’t be discharged, people know there are already not enough nurses to provide the care they want for themselves and their loved ones.”
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