Nursing degree applications fall by a further 12%

Full story on Nursing Notes, 12 July 2018.

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has revealed today that the number of nursing degree applications in England has fallen by a further 12%.

Numbers applying to begin training in September 2018 have dropped by 4,800 compared to the same time last year, resulting in a total decline of 16,580 since March 2016, the last year students received the NHS bursary.

In a major survey completed by the Nursing Standard and the Sunday Mirror, two-thirds of nurses said that patient care has deteriorated significantly in the past five years and that short staffing meant they were ‘struggling to keep patients safe’.