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How to attract student nurses to primary care and community settings

Since 2020 the number of nursing student placements in primary and independent care settings have reduced significantly due to COVID restrictions

Currently, nursing is proving to be an attractive career choice for people in England. A record number of 18-year-olds applying to study nursing in England in 2021, with the COVID pandemic playing a significant factor in their decision to apply. The pandemic has shone a positive spotlight on the profession and raised the public profile of nursing, as such there are many who are choosing nursing both at 18 and as a career change. Mature student applications have risen by a third; there has been the introduction of the Learning Support Fund and an investment of £55 million into practice placements all of which has contributed to an increase in applications to study nursing.1

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