A round-up of news from the professional journals
Northern Ireland needs nurses
Nurses need to be recruited urgently in Northern Ireland, an independent report has warned. Professor Hugh McKenna, head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster claims that "robust recruitment and retention strategies" are needed urgently. Between 1994-99 the numbers of nurses in the province fell by 3.5 per cent.
9 May, 2001
Senior nurses take a third to 50 per cent more time off sick than hospital doctors, a Finnish study has found, with male doctors taking the least time off work. The research in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine said work overload was the strongest reason for sick leave among nurses.
10 May, 2001
The numbers of overseas nurses applying for UKCC registration leapt by 71.7 per cent in the last year to March 2001. Of the 29,119 applying (up from 16,963), 13,750 were from the Philippines alone. The UKCC said that since many of the overseas nurses were on six or nine-month adaptation courses this meant that in 2001-2002 many will be available to work in the NHS.
4 May, 2001