89% of student nurses choose to work in our hospitals

East Lancashire Hospitals' student nurses who qualified in September 2015
East Lancashire Hospitals' student nurses who qualified in September 2015
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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the regions best performers when it comes to retaining student nurses after their graduation.

Over the last three years 89% of their 238 student nurses have continued working with the Trust once their education is finished.

Retaining 9 out of 10 student nurses ensures our future workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behavious to meet society’s needs now, and in the future

Linda Whitfield, head of workforce education

This is a big improvement on 2011 when the trust only retained 46 of the 69 students that started the course.

Linda Whitfield, head of workforce education at the Trust, said: “The importance of recruiting and then retaining younger nurses cannot be stressed enough.

“The country’s health and social care workforce has a high proportion of older employees, in particular one in three NHS community nurses who are ages 50 or older.

“For this reason, retaining 9 out of 10 student nurses ensures our future workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behavious to meet society’s needs now, and in the future.”