ERIC Number: ED399408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
In the Balance: Registered Nurse Supply and Demand, 1996. IES Report 315.
Seccombe, I.; Smith, G.
A survey of 6,000 registered nurses in membership in the Royal College of Nursing across the United Kingdom examined some key factors that determined the supply of nurses. A study of the UK nursing labor market indicated that the number of registered nurses has remained more or less static since the late 1980s. Rising demand appeared to be met by increased working hours and workloads, with an accompanying increase in the proportion of unfilled nursing posts. Analysis of New Earnings Survey data revealed that nurses' earnings remained stable, but consistently below the national average for non-manual workers. Findings showed a rise in turnover for a third successive year. Twenty-two percent of nurses changed jobs or stopped working in the last 12 years. Job satisfaction, ill health, injury, and redundancy accounted for nearly one-third of the job changes. Asked what they expected to be doing in two years, nearly one in five nurses said they expected to leave nursing. The spread of short-term contracts was associated with a rise in perceived job insecurity, even among those on permanent contracts. Although the majority of nurses had caring responsibilities for dependent children or adults, only 20 percent reported employers had "family friendly" policies. Reported shift lengths ranged from 3 to 28.5 hours and the average shift length was 8.9 hours. Over half felt under too much pressure at work. Includes 26 figures and 32 tables. (Appendixes contain 21 references, methodology, and workload scale.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Nurses, Nursing Education, Postsecondary Education, Salaries, Secondary Education, Supply and Demand
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom