Wales needs nurses
To deliver safe and effective care Wales needs more nurses and more nursing support workers. This means we need to increase the number of people who become nurses. The Welsh Government commissions nursing degree places from universities and the number of places commissioned for adult nursing has increased in recent years. However, the number of places commissioned for mental health, children and learning disability nursing have not. This needs to be addressed to provide a highly skilled workforce for the future.
Full-time student nurses need financial support. The average age of a nursing student is 29. A 2019 RCN survey found that 31% had dependent children, 10% were single parents and 23% were caring for a sick, disabled or elderly relative.