From your information are you able to break down the numbers of students for post grad nursing courses, for example Advanced Practice? How many will actually be new to the profession?
Changes proposed by the governing body NMC, should improve access to practice placements but that hasn't been tested yet.
Also your figures may not include Open University places? This is a great route for people not coming directly from school.
Unfortunately this data doesn't provide a breakdown by course, though this might be available later in the year. UCAS don't handle applications to the Open University, but as the increase in the interest rate paid on tuition fee loans still applies, you might expect to see a drop in applications.
Given that the most marked drops have come in older age groups, it would be reasonable to expect that courses such as Advanced Practice would see the biggest drop in applications. Again though, a drop in applications is a price we should be willing to pay if it actually means more people being accepted into courses. More on that in December.
Am I reading right about the shortage of nurses in England? Its such a bad news for us
The debate on nursing shortage has been a hot topic for some years now. It’s to be accepted that everyone is experiencing the struggle at some level and there is no indication that the problem will be resolved soon. While this is the case, it’s important for healthcare facilities to find out some short-term solutions to swim the ocean. When an experienced staff member retires or leaves due to stress and burnout, it is important for that healthcare facility to retain the high-quality patient care, when at the same time being able to meet the high demand of the aging population. Thus, healthcare facilities can fill the short-term gaps by considering the following solutions: