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Starting out: nursing secondments can give trusts a return on their investment

With one in nine nursing posts in England currently unfilled, nurse recruitment retention is at an all time low and hospitals need to look at secondments in a bid to keep staff, writes Emma Cowen.

Nurse recruitment and retention is at an all-time low, with nurse numbers expected to decrease. A combination of factors includes, a high number of the nursing force coming up to retirement age, alongside a predicted decrease in the numbers of people applying to do a nursing degree. One in nine nursing posts in England, are currently unfilled.

The government’s decision to scrap the bursary has made it harder, or even untenable, for people to consider nursing as a career option.

Investment return

I was lucky enough to be seconded to do my degree. This felt like a reward for three years of working in the trust, and the privilege of the position was not lost on me. Part of the secondment contract requires you to come back


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