RCN calls for action to tackle nursing shortage

Scotland faces a nursing shortage in the future with significant repercussions for patient care without effective intervention, according to the Royal College of Nursing Scotland.

Photograph: Jim Varney
Photograph: Jim Varney

Its report out today titled ‘Older …but wiser?’ reveals the challenges of the ageing nursing workforce and possible action.

Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland director, said: ‘If we are to prevent a skills shortage in the future, work must begin now to address this and help retain the skills of older nurses.

‘RCN Scotland is calling on the Scottish government to set up a national forum, which would include representatives of employers, nurses, professional organisations, trade unions and government, to oversee this.

‘It would collect nursing workforce data and test the impact of interventions aimed at maximising the contribution that older nurses can make.’

RCN Scotland is calling for a commitment from the Secretary for Health and Wellbeing that the government will support a forum and its recommendations.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

www.rcn.org.uk

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