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Janet Davies: Investment in nursing must not stop at new recruits 

More funding to train nursing associates and graduate apprentices is welcome, but developing and retaining current staff is equally important, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies.

More funding to train nursing associates and graduate apprentices is welcome, but developing and retaining current staff is equally important, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies

Nursing is an amazing profession that provides fabulous opportunities. Many of us have had varied nursing careers, and our routes into nursing may have been very different.

The latest plans from the Department of Health include more funding for training nursing associates and new graduate apprenticeships to widen options for those unable or unwilling to take on student debt.

We are in the grip of a staffing and recruitment crisis in nursing across the UK, and plans to significantly increase training numbers are welcome. However, we must remember we are not only preparing a workforce for now but also our senior professionals of the future – our practitioners, academics and strategists.

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