Where have all the nurses gone?

Shields, L and Watson, R (2008) Where have all the nurses gone?. The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 1: 95-101.

Author Shields, L
Watson, R
Title Where have all the nurses gone?
Journal name The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-4328
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 95
End page 101
Total pages 7
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword UK
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes The aim of this article is to highlight a crisis that has developed in UK nursing.

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