Royal College of Nursing

Health trusts head for Italy to recruit nurses

Two Cumbrian health trusts are travelling to Italy next month to try to recruit more nurses.

It comes as a nursing union claims patients are being put at risk across England because of staff shortages.

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust and the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs community and some mental health services, hope to bring in up to 60 new staff.

Cumberland Infirmary sign
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The North Cumbria trust says recruitment is an on-going battle, but 45 new nurses have recently been recruited.

Nationally the Royal College of Nursing says the NHS is 40,000 nurses below what they believe is required..

The advert facing criticism from nurses for 'normalising' incontinence
The Royal College of Nursing has reported TENA for "normalising" incontinence after childbirth.

The TENA advert facing criticism from nurses

The advert facing criticism from nurses for 'normalising' incontinence
An advert by TENA has been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing for "normalising" incontinence after childbirth. 

The advert depicts a young mother - played by an actress - wearing the brand's black incontinence pants, with her baby in a cot next to her.

She says: "I knew being a mum would have a few surprises... nobody mentioned incontinence though".

Nurse training is 'tough', warns Exmouth trainee

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

A student nurse from Devon says she frequently considers quitting and many of her friends are having counselling.

Beckie Luford
BBC

Beckie Luford, from Exmouth, said she loved her career but needed to speak out about how tough the training was .

She said she and her friends and colleagues were dealing with working weeks of more than 60 hours, including placements, university lectures, and working on dissertations.

She added that she knew more student nurses "who were having counselling" than those who weren't.

She said: "It's very tough and you definitely need to be ready. But it is possible and, if you have the support in place, it is such an amazing opportunity."

The Royal College of Nursing said it was calling for more investment in student nurses. The Department of Health and Social Care said it was providing more funding to increase university places.