Quote from Gem1210390
Speaking to the assistant director of nursing in my hospital and she confirmed the hospital is going abroad to recruit nurses because we are not getting the number through university to fill open positions. This is also due to the government reducing training numbers by thousands over the last few years
I find that hard to believe.
When my London ER advertized ten band 5 posts about a year ago there were over 300 applicants.
They recruited their ten nurses easily, but perhaps what was more significant was that all ten were foreign trained.
I've been criticized on this forum before for saying this, but i still believe that UK nurse training is poor when compared to foreign training.
If I have a choice, I will choose to work with a foreign nurse every time, they are just more proficient that their UK trained counterparts.
We regularly have third year students with us, and its sad to see their lack of knowledge and skills at this late stage.
I don't believe its the number going through university that is the issue, more that they are simply not fit for purpose at the end of their course.