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Burnout and lack of support behind nurse exodus, NMC register shows

Burnout or exhaustion and a lack of support from colleagues are among the top reasons why nurses are leaving the profession, analysis of the latest nurse workforce register shows.

Additional concerns raised to the nursing regulator the NMC relate to the quality of people’s care, workload and staffing levels.

The annual look at the UK nursing profession shows a 4 per cent increase overall in the number of nurses with a 3.5 per cent increase in adult nurses. There has been a slight decrease in the number of learning disabilities nurses, however.

The 2023 snapshot of nursing also shows increasing ethnic diversity of the nursing workforce, with a 2.1 percentage point rise in the number of Asian (to 14.6 per cent of the workforce) and 1.1 percentage point rise in Black nurses (to 11.1 per cent), whose training took place in India, the Philippines and Nigeria.

The data also shows decreasing numbers of registered nurses in the 41 to 55-year age group.

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