Nursing Students Haven't Necessarily Dropped Out
Byline: ISOBEL BARTRAM
Sir, - I am writing with regard to your article about the high proportion of student nurses who drop out of higher education (Post, Dec 19).
At the University of Wolverhampton, we strongly support any publicity to obtain better support and funding for Britain's nursing staff. However, we must not detract from the significant achievement and commitment of those individuals who do attempt to further their education.
While figures at the University record that 20 per cent of students who began their Registered Nurse Diploma in Higher Education programme in October 1997 have not yet completed it, this is not an accurate reflection of the number of students who have actually 'dropped out' of education.
In response to the national requirements for 'family friendly' employment and education, this school has developed a flexible programme which allows students to take breaks from their studies. Indeed, we were selected as a national demonstration site for this initiative.
Many of our students have families and need a period of extended leave during the programme, perhaps for maternity leave or to take time out for their family. …