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Should entry requirements be lowered to help fill empty places on nursing courses?

Our readers’ panel members have their say on the Open University’s suggestion
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An Open University report says 6% of places on nursing degree courses in the UK were unfilled at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. The OU suggested that lowering the entry requirements could help fill these places, generating 1,446 additional nurses each year. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham @lizcharalambou

Nursing is an academically demanding course and future nurses need a foundation level of knowledge on which to build. It is sensible to ensure minimum A level grades for entry into nursing. But entry requirements are not the real problem. The OU report highlighted concerns over money, working hours, perceived pressures of the job and travel, and it would be more appropriate to tackle these issues rather than lowering entry requirements. The government must invest


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