Numbers Drop in Mature Student Nurse Applications
The overall applications for nursing degrees have dropped by 23%, with six thousand fewer mature students having applied by the end of March deadline, in comparison to 2016
Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “Ministers were warned of this worrying trend in January and they had two months before the final application deadline to sort it out. The Government scrapped the bursaries students relied on and imposed fees. This leaves a serious concern that the Government is storing up problems for the future.”
Davies also voiced her concerns over the risk of decline in recruitment for areas such as mental health and learning disability services; areas that the NHS find difficulties in recruiting for but ones in which mature applicants are typically drawn to.
“Plans to transform mental health care rely on these nurses and the Government must not allow services to be hampered by the fall,” added Janet.