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Janet Davies: New nursing education models must not be a retrograde step

Changes to the nursing profession, due to take effect in 2017, must be positive for both staff and patients, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies. 
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Changes to the nursing profession, due to take effect in 2017, must be positive for both staff and patients, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies

This year has been a landmark year for nursing. As well as celebrating 100 years since the RCN was founded, 2016 saw changes that will shape the future of our profession.

Confirmation that nursing students in England will have to fund their own training will deepen the workforce crisis, as would-be nurses shy away from taking on lifelong loans.

The Brexit vote, with its uncertainties for European Union nursing staff, raises the prospect of worsening staff shortages in the future.

The graduate apprenticeship scheme will be a step forward if it helps tackle the staffing crisis with more

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