07/04/2021

Categories: Nursing and Midwifery, Undergradute

5 Facts about Nursing That You Never Knew

There’s never been a more important time to be a nurse, but there’s so much we don’t know about our saviours. Here are 5 fun facts about nurses that may surprise you.

Are you a student of nursing or midwifery? The global pandemic has put a lot of strain on this field of medicine. But the students at the University of Bolton stand together, and stand strong.

Whether you’re new to nursing or looking for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) nursing courses, it’s important to celebrate what you do. Getting conversations started is step one, and this will highlight the need to nurture and support people in this profession.

Knowledge is everything. And the more people know about nurses, the better. Here are some interesting facts about nursing to share with the world and get people talking.

 

1. Nurses make up over half of all medical students!

Becoming a nurse is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have within the medical world, and there’s a great student community for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Across the NHS, there are around 330,000 nurses and midwives (compared to around 150,000 doctors). And this year, there has been a record number of students applying for nursing courses due to the impact of COVID-19.

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2. Despite this, staff shortages are a serious problem

Although nursing has always been a popular profession, it has been reported that NHS shortages left the UK more vulnerable to COVID. So there’s never been a better time to begin a career in nursing.

The pandemic also highlights the importance of upskilling the workforce, making the University of Bolton’s Advanced Professional Development courses vital to improving health services and overall public health.

3. Nursing students used to be 100% male 

The first ever nursing school was established in India all the way back in 250 BC. Despite today’s global nursing workforce being largely made up of women, this wasn’t the case when nursing began.

Only men were allowed to study nursing in those days. This was due to a belief that men were more “pure” than women, meaning only males could practice nursing.

In the NHS, almost 90% of nurses are female according to the latest data.

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4. They are some of the most trusted professionals

Together with scientists and doctors, nurses are among the most trusted people in the UK, and across the world.

Nurses score +67 in a recent YouGov survey, compared to police officers who scored +38, builders who scored +41, truck drivers who scored +19, and call centre workers who scored -6.

5. Nurses often forget about self-care

It’s no secret that nurses can forget to look after their health and wellbeing. This is because their jobs can take up so much of their energy.

In fact, many nurses experience stress, which can eventually lead to burnout. Not only does this impact on their mental and physical health, but it can cause problems with workplace engagement.

That’s why Continuing Professional Development nursing training is key in ensuring nurses have the tools and support they need to grow and gain fulfilment in their careers.

At the University of Bolton, we offer CPD nursing courses to take your career to the next level. You’ll also benefit from our thriving Postgraduate community, giving you access to networking and all the professional support you need.

Our AdvDip(CPD) Clinical Examination programme is an example of how we can help nurses hone their practice. And as we rank No.1 in the UK for Satisfaction with Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery*, there’s nowhere better to begin your journey in upskilling.

To find out more, visit the course page.

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