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Where have all the nurses gone?

Shields, L. and Watson, R. (2008) Where have all the nurses gone? Australian Journal of Advanved Nursing , 26 (1). pp. 95-101. ISSN 0813-0531

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The aim of this article is to highlight a crisis that has developed in UK nursing.


The nursing workforce worldwide is diminishing and the UK nursing workforce is no exception.


Registered Nurses.

Primary argument:

While steps are being taken in the UK to alleviate the nursing shortage by funding more places in university nursing departments, this initiative is no longer viable due to the financial crisis in the NHS, which funds nursing education. The significant influx of international nurses to the UK is likely to be a short-term solution to a long-term problem as this incipient form of neo-colonialism is seen to deplete developing countries of their nurses, and international nursing bodies condemn it.


The outcome of the crisis may well lead to the disappearance of nurses from the UK NHS workforce as they are replaced by the cheaper alternative of health care assistants and technicians. This can only be to the detriment of patients.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: UK; policy; NHS
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 12:51
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2010 16:07
Published Version: http://www.ajan.com.au/ajan_26.1.html
Status: Published
Publisher: Australian Nursing Federation
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10383

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