Analysis

Why nursing students leave: causes and remedies for attrition revealed

The long-awaited RePAIR report recommends changes to funding and placement allocation
Academic pressures

The long-awaited RePAIR report recommends changes to funding and placement allocation

Workload, finances and problems with placements rank high among the reasons why nursing students leave university.

5 top reasons for leaving nursing courses
  • Finances
  • Academic pressures
  • Problems with placements
  • Personal reasons
  • Workload

Source: RePAIR survey

The top ten reasons why students leave their preregistration courses are revealed in Health Education England’s long-awaited Reducing Attrition and Improving Retention (RePAIR) report.

Looking at figures from 16 universities for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, the RePAIR project found a dropout rate of 33.4%.

The report reveals big differences between the fields of nursing, with the highest dropout rates in learning disability and mental health nursing:

  • Learning disability nursing: 39.1%.
  • Mental
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