ERIC Number: ED423396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Changing Times: A Survey of Registered Nurses in 1998. IES Report 351.
Smith, G.; Seccombe, I.
A national survey of registered nurses and analysis of official statistics provided an overview of the dimensions and dynamics of the labor market for nurses in the United Kingdom. Findings indicated the following: enrollment in preregistration nurse training courses decreased by 27 percent over the 1990s; initial entries to the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting Register from preregistration nursing education courses continued to decline; and family-friendly and flexible working arrangements were the solutions proposed to improve recruitment and retention. The majority of respondents employed in nursing had responsibilities for dependent children, dependent adults, or both. Better resources to do the job, better pay, and greater availability of flexible working hours were cited as the three main factors that would have reduced the likelihood of respondents leaving nursing. More than one-third of National Health Service (NHS) nurses would leave nursing if they could; one-fourth were seeking a job change. NHS nurses cited better pay, better resources to do the job, and reduced workloads as the three main factors that would reduce the likelihood of their leaving nursing. An increasing proportion of NHS nurses agreed they could be paid more for less effort if they left nursing. Two-thirds of NHS nurses working internal rotation said it was not their preferred work pattern. Excess hours continued to be the norm. (14 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Developed Nations, Family Caregivers, Family Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Nurses, Nursing Education, Postsecondary Education, Wages
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Royal Coll. of Nursing, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom