Nearly a third of nurses are quitting due to stress or declining mental health

  • StaffAid
  • July 22, 2019

A report by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, reveals that nearly a third of nurses are leaving the profession due to stress or declining mental health. ‘The NMC Register’ data report explores the numbers total number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates joining and leaving the register between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. While the report reveals an overall increase in the total number of registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates, healthcare leaders warn it also highlights a number of major concerns. Stress, declining mental health and poor staffing levels were cited amongst the top reasons for quitting the profession. The report also shows a continued decline in the number of EU nurses coming to the UK, with over half of those leaving saying Brexit is a contributing factor.