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Nursing student attrition: what’s happening to the COVID-19 cohort?

Nursing Standard investigation suggests 33% of nursing students who began courses in 2018 did not graduate in 2021, as pandemic and cost of living added to pressures

Nursing Standard investigation suggests 33% of nursing students who began courses in 2018 did not graduate in 2021, as pandemic and cost of living added to pressures

  • Nursing student attrition has remained fairly consistent in recent years, but figures for the 2018-2021 cohort suggest a rise to 33%
  • During this period, students had to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the usual pressures of placements, study and finances
  • Suggestions to tackle the problem include reducing time spent on clinical practice placements, although the Nursing and Midwifery Council says there is ‘little appetite’ for this

Attrition on nursing degrees remains stubbornly high, with a third (33%) of students leaving their course in

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