big retirement in NHS?? anyone heard this?

  1. i'm a 2nd year student and obviously all my cohort are worried about not being able to find a job when we finish. 1 of our tutors seems to be under the impression that there's gonna be huge numbers of retirement over the next 2 years- leaving the nhs short of nurses.
    has anyone else heard this?? or is she just tryin to make us feel better
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from chzza
    i'm a 2nd year student and obviously all my cohort are worried about not being able to find a job when we finish. 1 of our tutors seems to be under the impression that there's gonna be huge numbers of retirement over the next 2 years- leaving the nhs short of nurses.
    has anyone else heard this?? or is she just tryin to make us feel better
    have heard a few quotes on this but don't think it is anything substantive, i believe the trusts will use this as a way to balance books and not replace nurses. think this was mentioned in the nursing times a while back
  4. by   english_nurse
    short staffed now and nobody gives a

    best thing to do is get on the nursing bank and get yourself known to wards, then if a vacancy comes up you have a head start on the other applicants (there will probably be many)

    good luck
  5. by   chzza
    Quote from english_nurse
    short staffed now and nobody gives a

    best thing to do is get on the nursing bank and get yourself known to wards, then if a vacancy comes up you have a head start on the other applicants (there will probably be many)

    good luck
    trouble is you can't get on the bank without 6 months experience
  6. by   english_nurse
    oh
    pants
  7. by   oldbean
    Have heard this and i suppose it makes sence in the past 12 mths worked bank on about 5 different wards and there are lots of staff especially on medical/rehab wards coming up to retirement! good luck with finding work fingers crossed!
  8. by   Noahm
    I do not think things will improve. The NHS is being left to die intentionally. The government doesn't give a rat's ass. No one seems to understand that good nurse/patient ratios saves tons of money in the long run. They will be running the hospitals with 1 Nurse and 1 HCA to 3 or 4 wards before this is all over. I have lost count of the number of good nurses who have left and not been replaced.
  9. by   karenG
    there will be a huge problem in a few years as the old nurses like me.. decide to get out!! work force planning is interesting. If you look at general practice, the vast majority of nurses are in their late 40's or 50's. certainly within my last PCT we were concerned that we could lose up to half the practice nurse workforce over the next 10yrs.

    so.. there should be some jobs for the young ones!! problem is in my job you need a fair bit of all round experiance before you go into practice nursing.. unless you really enjoy a vertical learning curve!!

    Karen
  10. by   chzza
    Quote from kareng
    there will be a huge problem in a few years as the old nurses like me.. decide to get out!! work force planning is interesting. if you look at general practice, the vast majority of nurses are in their late 40's or 50's. certainly within my last pct we were concerned that we could lose up to half the practice nurse workforce over the next 10yrs.

    so.. there should be some jobs for the young ones!! problem is in my job you need a fair bit of all round experiance before you go into practice nursing.. unless you really enjoy a vertical learning curve!!

    karen
    i wouldn't mind a&e but i believe its hard to get a job there. is this true??
  11. by   english_nurse
    in my hospital they like you to have six months experiance, most go to the medical admissions ward for it
  12. by   english_nurse
    another thought, can you get onto the bank now as a hca, this will get your face known, thats what alot have done in my hospital
  13. by   XB9S
    I know I have said this before and I am starting to feel a bit like a demented grandma repeating myself but this isn't the first time the NHS has been like this, when i qualified there were no jobs, wards were short staffed and the complaints were similar to what you are all expressing, but within a short time jobs started to be advertised and things did improve. The NHS seems to be cyclical so don't be too downhearted yet



    I am going to find me zimmer now and hobble off to do my knitting
  14. by   chin-chin
    Another thing that will leave NHS short of nurses will be the booming trend of nurses going to other countries particularly Australia. I am a Filipino nurse working here for 6 years and I will assure those nursing students now that there will be jobs for you in the near future. Its a fact that UK had employed quite a lot from overseas before such as from my country. But now a lot of us are choosing to leave the UK to try a new life in Australia for the main reason that workload here in the UK is just getting worst. I can enumerate a lot more reasons but my main point here is that there will be jobs waiting for new nurses once the NHS feels the impact of this new trend.

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