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Practice nurse workforce numbers: are we heading towards a problem?

Butler, Sarah



Practice nurse numbers are a concern. Sarah Butler looks at the barriers to getting more nurses into general practice

The number of practice nurses in the UK is significantly lower than those working as nurses on a ward. Despite many experienced nurses opting to work a practice nurses, the number of newly qualified nurses choosing practice nursing as their first post is low. Newly qualified nurses, instead, prefer to gain experience in secondary care first, with many not realising practice nurses do not need to have worked in secondary care. Pressures such as increasing workload and an ageing workforce will only deplete the number of practice nurses in post already, therefore increasing practice nurse numbers is essential.


Butler, S. (2022). Practice nurse workforce numbers: are we heading towards a problem?. Practice Nursing, 33(4), 155-158.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2022
Publication Date Apr 2, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 7, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Practice Nursing
Print ISSN 0964-9271
Electronic ISSN 2052-2940
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 4
Pages 155-158
Keywords Practice nurse; Workforce; Newly qualified nurses; Practice nurse myths
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