A profile of Nurses working in acute medicine units: What is the future?

Liz Lees, Liz Myers

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A survey of registered nurses working in two acute medicine acute medicine units (AMUs) was conducted between May & September 2009 to enable a focussed understanding of nursing recruitment and retention, to guide nurse managers for future workforce planning. The NHS collects national information regarding recruitment, retention and leavers, but this is sporadic and hampered by a lack of feedback to clinical areas. In this study, fifty completed questionnaires were collated, totalling a response rate of 57.5%. The results demonstrate that while recruitment is currently buoyant, nurses with significant experience are becoming dissatisfied through lack of opportunity to advance. It concludes that further national research is required to inform a strategy fit for the future development of nursing in acute medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-96
Number of pages6
JournalAcute Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Career advancement
  • Leavers
  • Recruitment
  • Retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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