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Research offers a change of direction, rather than a change of profession

The Keep Making a Difference campaign wants to persuade nurses planning to leave the profession to consider research
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The Keep Making a Difference campaign wants to persuade nurses planning to leave the profession to consider research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) recently launched its Keep Making a Difference campaign at the RCNi Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair in London.

The campaign, which aims to showcase clinical research as a career opportunity, follows a snap shot survey carried out by the NIHR. Of the 58 nurses and midwives who responded, more than half said they may be considering a career change, with the reasons cited including unsociable hours, lack of flexibility in roles and short staffing.

This echoes a report from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), published in July last year, which showed that working conditions and an inability to deliver care of the right standard were the main reasons behind nurses leaving the profession.

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