Impact of debt on nursing students in higher education
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Impact of debt on nursing students in higher education

Rebecca Cordell-Smith Practice development nurse, Directorate of trauma and orthopaedics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

This article examines some of the financial problems faced by nursing students in higher education and outlines current debates among politicians and educational institutions. It includes a discussion of nurse education in the four countries of the UK, the effects of offering diploma and degree courses, attrition rates, bursaries, job security, potential problems caused by an ongoing crisis of funding in the NHS and its effects on the future of nursing.

Correspondence rebecca.cordell-smith@cardiffandvale.wales.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 19,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.01.22.19.35.c6312

Published in print: 16 January 2008

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