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Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost – and we can't fix staffing shortages without improving retention   

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost – and we can't fix staffing shortages without improving retention

The draft NHS People Plan for England has pinpointed the need to improve retention of nurses as a key solution to shortages.

Last year, NHS Employers also identified retention as a critical component in fixing the shortage problem. Health Education England has made the same point. As has NHS Providers. And the RCN.

We all agree. Holding on to nurses makes more sense than having to replace them once they have gone.

Preventable cost

Not all turnover is for the wrong reasons. Nurses are promoted, move between jobs for career development and take time out to study. But every time


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