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What does high turnover in nurse director posts really mean for the profession?

With Nursing Standard research showing trend remains unchanged, experts consider the impact

With Nursing Standard research showing the trend remains unchanged, experts consider the impact

  • Only half of the UK’s nurse directors have been in post for three years or more, our investigation reveals
  • Lack of continuity increases challenge of managing complex health service, experts say
  • NHS programmes aim to provide peer learning and support to directors

Half the nursing directors in the UK have been in post less than three years, latest research by Nursing Standard shows.

It’s a not-unfamiliar finding, since the turnover rate in these senior nursing roles has not improved for years. But it’s a statistic that workforce experts say is worrying, warning rapid turnover in these roles affects the management of complex health services and, ultimately, is not good for patients.

Our investigation also suggests there is significant movement across chief nurse


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