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District nurse student numbers are on the up

06 December 2019

The number of students enrolled in district nurse education is up by almost a fifth.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) said that the number of students enrolled in 2017-18 was up by almost 20% over the previous year. The number of nurses who qualified with the district nurse specialist practice qualification in the year also increased by 8%.

However, some universities expressed concerns about future funding, or were concerned about the impact of the apprenticeship model in England.

Despite this, 87% of respondents were confident that the programme would continue to run.

Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive at the QNI, said: ‘As all of the countries of the UK face unprecedented demands for the skills of the district nurse, it is vital that the workforce is carefully planned to meet those needs.’

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