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NHS workforce crisis: why do nurses stay in the profession?

Some nurses ‘could earn more working in a supermarket’ than in the NHS. With poor pay, under-staffing, COVID-19 and the rising cost of living, what makes them stay?

Some nurses ‘could earn more working in a supermarket’ than in the NHS. With poor pay, under-staffing, COVID-19 and the rising cost of living, what makes them stay?

Some nurses could earn more money working in a supermarket than staying in the profession, and this fact is adding to the workforce crisis, a nurse told MPs at a parliamentary health and social care select committee meeting.

So why do the nurses that remain in the profession choose to do so – amid poor pay, inadequate staffing, increasing paperwork and less time for patient care?

Nursing Standard readers have their say.

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