As a graduate nurse, you may feel like the job search process is long and frustrating. After all, it’s not easy to find a decent nursing position when there are so many other qualified candidates applying for the same positions. The good news is that you have plenty of resources at your disposal to help make this process easier on you. In this blog post, we will discuss the biggest problems faced by nurses both at work and during their job search and how they can be avoided or overcome!
The UK Nursing Crisis
In the UK we are currently experiencing a shortage of nurses! This was reflected in December 2020, when a report by the Health Foundation – Building the NHS Nursing Workforce in England – said the government would need to exceed its target of 50,000 new nurses in England by 2024/25 in order for the NHS to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Main Issues
Whilst it is true that nurses are in high demand, both experienced and newly qualified graduate nurses still encounter severe issues when it comes to employment.
Not knowing where to start
Being a recent graduate can be a scary and often overwhelming experience regardless of what subject you’ve gained qualifications in. As a result, it can leave you know confused and not knowing where to start. Some immediately figure things out and start applying directly to nursing positions in the nearest hospitals with mixed success. However, sometimes it isn’t as easy as that, and sometimes the hospitals you want to apply to won’t post the available nursing positions on the job searching sites you use.
Despite NHS nurses having successfully fought for a 3% pay rise earlier this year, the average earning of a nurse has still decreased in real terms when compared to the last five years as their pay simply hasn’t caught up or matched the rate of inflation and increase in living costs. The RCN (Royal College of Nursing) have instead called for a 12.5% increase in order for nurses to reach similar earnings to that of over a decade ago. Unfortunately, due to a lack of government spending (still primarily hampered by the effects of the pandemic), this is unlikely to happen any time soon.
A recent survey conducted by the RCN has revealed that nursing staff have been stretched to breaking point, with six in ten nurses across the UK saying they are unable to provide the level of care they want to patients as a result. What’s more alarming, however, is that barely a quarter think their pay is adequate for the level of responsibility and stress they are faced with at work – for example in 2019, three in ten nurses suffered physical abuse from either patients or patient’s relatives in the past 12 months whereas 65% had experienced verbal abuse.
This sadly paints a bleak picture of the overwhelming pressure nursing staff are forced to face in the UK, regardless of whether they are employed in NHS hospitals, community nursing, care homes or GP practices.
For individuals who are passionate about and set on becoming a nurse, there is always the option of going through nursing agencies as some tend to offer better salaries than if you were to apply to hospitals directly. For example, bsynergetic has partnered up with one of the UK’s leading nursing agencies which have been known to provide nursing graduates and other experienced nurses jobs that have paid up to £44 an hour! (far beyond the current £17.73 per hour NHS nurses currently earn).
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