Nurses 'financially struggling'

Nurses are taking on extra work and borrowing from friends and family after seeing their pay drop in real terms, a survey from Nursing Standard has revealed.

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Nurses are being forced to resort to increasingly desperate measures to save money, with many being forced to take second jobs and make large lifestyle sacrifices, a survey for Nursing magazine Nursing Standard has found.

Nurses reported making a number of financial sacrifices as wages fell in real terms. Credit: PA Wire

Almost a third said they had gone without heating, a quarter had missed a credit card payment and 70% had not gone on holiday.

More than three-quarters said they had foregone haircuts or beauty treatments due to pay freezes.

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Nurses 'financially struggling' as pay drops in real terms

Nurses are being forced to take on additional work and to borrow money from friends and family to cope with a real term drop in pay, a poll suggests.

Nurses are taking on additional shifts and one in 10 has taken a job outside nursing. Credit: PA

A Nursing Standard survey of more than 1,200 nurses and healthcare assistants found more than half have taken on extra shifts to boost their income while one in 10 has a second job outside nursing.

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