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Most new nurses still job hunting

Almost three quarters of newly qualified nurses are still searching for a permanent job months after graduating, a survey shows.

Of the 507 newly-qualified nurses questioned by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 71% were still searching for a job at the starting level.

And 85% would consider changing professions if the problem continued.

The RCN is examining the impact of NHS deficits and recruitment freezes on nurses at the start of their careers.

The survey also found that 86% were not confident about finding a permanent position, and 93% either "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that recruitment freezes and job cuts were the reason why they were having difficulty finding a permanent job.

And 92% thought the current situation would deter others from wanting to become a nurse.

Student nurses were also unsure about their future, with 66% saying they did not believe they would find a permanent job when they qualified and 38% saying the situation had made them consider abandoning their course.

'Desperate need'

RCN general secretary, Dr Beverly Malone, said: "Short-term, quick-fix recruitment freezes in the NHS not only disillusion staff, they have a direct impact on patient care.

"What message are we sending out to the nurses of the future if we spend tens of thousands of pounds training them, only to see them without jobs right at the beginning of their careers?

"The period straight after qualifying is the single most important time in a nurse's ... continue > 

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Published: 19 October 2006      Ref: BBC News


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