Two articles that have made Nursing Times headlines in July together offer a powerful warning about the future of the nursing profession. It is not a new warning but it is one that has been growing in significance.
Nursing Timesreported last week that more than 250,000 people had signed a petition calling for student nurses to be paid a minimum living wage, following the scrapping of the bursary in 2017. The number of signatures has now passed 280,000.
It was started by student nurse John Worth at the beginning of July. He pointed out that, unlike other students, those studying nursing faced the additional pressure of having to complete 2,300 unpaid hospital-based clinical hours to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register.