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Wards are understaffed but newly qualified nurses like me can’t get jobs

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Wards are understaffed but newly qualified nurses like me can’t get jobs

I qualified as a nurse in January. Out of the people who trained in Sheffield, the majority were not given jobs. Those that did were offered half time hours on fixed term 6 month contracts. Out of the students who qualified in the intake after us, only 17 were offered interview. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals then cancelled all interviews, because they couldn’t afford to employ them. It is looking highly unlikely that our contracts will be renewed when the 6 months is up.

Although there is no news - yet - of actual cuts in Sheffield hospitals, this shows how hidden cuts are working. We presumably won’t be counted in the numbers as our 6 months contracts draw to a natural close. The students who weren’t even interviewed will not be counted either. Meanwhile, 3 wards in one of the large teaching hospitals are being closed, with the trust attempting to redeploy these staff. ITU staff are being forced to reapply for their jobs.

The impact of this is on patient care. Wards are already understaffed, and can’t afford to replace experienced staff with equivalent. The investment made by local trusts in our training, and in supporting us through our 6 month preceptorship will be wasted, as we are forced to seek employment elsewhere or in different areas of work.


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