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General practice nursing: how to address staffing shortfalls

While general practice nursing is a rewarding specialty, there are huge staffing shortfalls. What changes need to happen to make it an attractive career option?
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While general practice nursing is a rewarding specialty, there are huge staffing shortfalls. What changes need to happen to make it an attractive career option?

  • One quarter of practice nursing posts could be vacant in ten years’ time – a shortage of 6,400 full-time equivalent nurses
  • Nursing students’ exposure to the specialty is patchy, and leaders say raising the profile of general practice in the undergraduate nursing curriculum is key
  • Nurse retention in general practice has long been a challenge, with the legacy of COVID-19, as well as pay and conditions and burnout cited as ‘real’ issues now

One quarter of general practice nursing posts in England could be vacant in ten

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