The RCN has called on ministers to take urgent action to encourage students to apply for nursing courses starting this year.
The comments were made as the university admissions service, UCAS, revealed a further significant fall in applications to nursing courses in England.
Last year, Ministers announced extra nurse training places but did not attract students to fill them. These figures suggest that there is a serious risk of a second drop in trainee nurse numbers this year if measures are not taken to increase applications.
Read more on the RCN website: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/action-needed-now-to-attract-nursing-students