Nurse retention ‘critical’ as world faces nine million shortage by 2030

Stopping nurses from leaving their jobs prematurely is now a “critical issue” for governments around the world as staff shortages escalate, a global nursing leader has warned. Howard Catton, new chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, issued the caution as he highlighted that latest predications indicated a nine million shortage of nurses by 2030. “Retention is now a critical issue that needs urgent attention from governments as we risk losing nurses faster than we can train them,” he said. Mr Catton noted that many of those quitting were experts in their field taking with them decades of vital experience.