Preparing to leave nursing

  • Robert Cooper


A long unbroken career in nursing does not appear to be a reality for large numbers of female nurses employed within the National Health Service and when you consider that the Scottish Health Service Statistics (Common Services Agency, 1988) indicate that over 90% of all nurses in the service are female, the phenomenon of career breaks must exert a significant effect on both the individual nurse and the service in general.


Practice Nurse Career Break Nurse Time State Pension Qualified Nurse 
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Useful Addresses

  1. Department of Health and Social Security, Health Services Superannuation Division, Hesketh House Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 8LGGoogle Scholar
  2. Department of Health and Social Services, Health Services Superannuation Branch, 5a Fredrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LWGoogle Scholar
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  • Robert Cooper

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