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Nurses may be leaving the profession due to the pressures of the pandemic, according to the RCN

Nurses may be leaving the profession due to the pressures of the pandemic, according to the RCN

Nurses may be leaving the profession due to the pressures of the pandemic, according to the RCN

A nursing leader has voiced concerns about staff leaving the profession after struggling with the pressures of the Covid emergency.

Pat Cullen, the director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland (RCN), made the comments after new figures showed that 1,055 nurses here left their roles last year.

The figures were released by Health Minister Robin Swann after a question from DUP MLA Robin Newton. The total includes 462 who retired and 823 who left for other reasons including ill health or termination, death in service, resignation, end of contract or moving to another HSC (health and social care) organisation.


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