Nursing student attrition remains stubbornly high – but support is out there

Nurse workforce shortages make the student drop-out rate a more pressing concern than ever 
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Nursing Standard survey suggests drop-out rates from UK nursing degrees remain stubbornly high – but nurse leaders and academics are devising strategies to help students who are struggling

With the profession struggling to cope with workforce shortages, the issue of nursing student attrition has never been more pressing.

But new figures collated by Nursing Standard suggest, despite recent government attempts to bring down nursing student drop-out rates, it is proving a stubborn problem to shift.

Our investigation, in collaboration with health research charity the Health Foundation, reveals one in four nursing students ends up dropping out of their course.

In total, 55 of 74 UK universities offering nursing degrees provided Nursing Standard with start and completion data for students on three-year pre-registration programmes for 2014-17. Out of 16,544 students


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