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Agency nurses: why we need to challenge outdated stereotypes

How the right support and training can make the most of this vital healthcare workforce

How the right support and training can make the most of this vital healthcare workforce

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All too often, agency nurses are seen as the poor relation to their contracted colleagues, even being blamed for spreading COVID-19 between care homes, according to an unpublished study from Public Health England.

‘The rhetoric around agency nurses has always been relatively poor,’ says Fiona Millington, chief nurse with Florence, an online platform that connects nurses and carers looking for shifts with care homes looking for temporary staff.

Who plugs the health and social care vacancies gap if it isn’t agency nurses?

‘They were seen as a key element of high infection numbers in care homes, which made me feel really

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