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The year 2020 is shaping up to be a bumper one for nursing student numbers.

Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows that the number of placed applicants for nursing courses in the UK this year is more than 34,000 – a 22% increase on the figures for 2019.

Good news or an ‘emerging crisis’ on the horizon

There is some variation across the UK, with a 23% increase in placed applicants living in England, a 20% increase in those residing in Scotland, a 19% increase in Northern Ireland and an 11% increase in Wales.

There has also been

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