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Nursing student attrition: we’re still waiting for data and that leaves nursing vulnerable

Why the worrying trend in students leaving shows the need for freely available information

Why the worrying trend in students leaving shows the need for freely available information

The latest Nursing Standard survey of nursing student attrition will make uncomfortable reading for anyone responsible for nurse workforce planning and policy.

Using a straightforward measure of attrition, data for 2020 shows about one in three nursing students had not completed their three-year course, up from about one in four the previous year.

Non-completion affects the sustainability of the profession

The sustainability of the profession remains hugely vulnerable to this high rate of non-completion of preregistration nurse education.

‘We need information – not speculation – on attrition year by year, course by course and institution by institution’

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