Could apprenticeships offer a way round the loss of the bursary?
Despite the increasing complexity of nursing practice, there is still a significant number of people who think nursing degrees are unnecessary.
After all, who needs a degree – or even a diploma – to make beds with hospital corners and do what the doctor tells you? And that’s all nurses do, isn’t it? It must be true because Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail keeps on telling us it is.
The value of academic nurse education has been demonstrated time and again, in particular by the long-running international RN4Cast study. One key finding is that for every 10% increase in graduate nurses, there is a 7% reduction in the likelihood of an inpatient dying within 30 days of admission