Standards of care are under threat from underqualified nurses and health workers, experts said today.
Nurses in other countries have to be qualified to degree-level but just 4% of UK nurses have a degree, they said.
Graduate nurses receive little recognition, while today’s “highly technological health care” should require nurses to study at a higher level, they argue.
Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, professor Linda Shields, from the University of Hull, and professor Roger Watson, from the University of Sheffield, said US studies showed death rates were lower in hospitals where nurses had bachelor or higher degrees.
They added: “Educating nurses to the highest standards is better for the health of all, and is cost effective.
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