Let’s have a conversation about wages and gender
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Let’s have a conversation about wages and gender

Rachael McIlroy @rachmac18 Senior research lead, Employment relations at the Royal College of Nursing

Chronic workforce shortages should push wages up, so why has this not happened for nurses?

Ensuring appropriate levels of nurse staffing is crucial to providing high-quality patient care, which is why the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is running its campaign on staffing for safe and effective care. Nursing shortages have been caused by too few people training as nurses, nurses leaving the UK in the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union, and low job satisfaction driven by poor staffing levels, heavy workloads, work pressures and inadequate wages (Health and Social Care Committee 2018).

Nursing Management. 27, 1, 17-17. doi: 10.7748/nm.27.1.17.s9

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