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The Open University: Tackling the nursing shortage, May 2018

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The well-publicised nursing shortage represents a significant issue for the health sector, both now and in the future. With the number of applications for nursing places at universities down, dissatisfied registered nurses and Brexit threatening the supply of workers from overseas, many organisations are forced to rely on expensive temporary staffing.

Tackling the Nursing Shortage highlights the financial impact of using temporary staffing to address the shortage, as well as many of the factors driving it, suggesting that new routes into the profession, like apprenticeships, can help to plug the gap and future-proof the nursing workforce in the long-term.

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