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Empowering nursing students to become more politically engaged

Many students may not realise how politics affects day to day nursing. The RCN students committee’s parliamentary workshop aims to change that

It is certainly not breaking news that the nursing profession is facing many challenges, with a shortage of about 40,000 nurses in England and continued cuts to training bursaries, grants and resources.

Applications to nursing courses in England have also fallen drastically since the bursary was scrapped, with recent figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service showing numbers down by one third since 2016.

Politics and policy affect all areas of nursing, but many nurses and nursing students do not realise how closely the two are linked. In the current climate, it is more vital than ever that nurses become more politically active and aware.

This was the backdrop to

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