Nursing students are under pressure to find flexible work after a drop in demand caused by the global financial crisis.
The crisis has hit the country’s health care system, and has left the NHS struggling to keep up with demand.
But there are signs nurses may be being squeezed as demand continues to rise.
The British Medical Association has warned that nursing students are facing “grave pressure” as demand has risen in the UK.
It said a “hugely complex and challenging” job market had made it harder for graduates to find a job.
The BMA says nursing students account for the largest proportion of the population in the NHS, with the majority being enrolled at the university.
But the BMA is concerned that the NHS is “stuck in a vicious cycle” of nursing students being offered less than full-time positions and being forced to train at home.
“This has forced many nursing students to take a longer-term position to supplement their income, and this is causing a real challenge for the NHS,” the BPA said.
In its annual report for the year ending March 2016, the BBA said there were currently more than 100,000 nursing students enrolled at nursing homes, and the number was growing.
Some students are choosing to take unpaid work, such as volunteering, to support themselves during the downturn.
One of the biggest challenges, the report said, was the shortage of qualified nursing staff, and it is “difficult for many students to find qualified staff for their specific roles”.
“We are concerned about the future of nursing in the long term as the financial crisis continues to worsen,” it said.
“The Government’s approach to support has been to limit the number of people that are eligible to work and the funding to support those people, but the reality is that the shortage is growing, and there is little the Government can do to help.”
It is essential that we find more flexible ways of supporting the nursing workforce and the NHS needs to continue to provide services to those who need them.”
The BMA said it was “critical” that all nurses, as well as other staff, were given “meaningful support” and support at home to help them “retain their confidence and self-esteem”.
The group also warned that the Government’s plan to offer support to students from poorer backgrounds had not gone far enough.
There was also concern that some nurses were “living in a bubble”, with too much money being invested in housing, but not enough to support their families.
BPA chief executive, Dr Michael Wilson, said: “Our own research shows that students who attend university do not live in a “bubble” of housing and social housing.
“The BBA wants to see more money spent on support and housing for students and is calling for further measures to help support the growing number of students.”
Nurses are often expected to take on a large amount of unpaid work and are struggling to meet the demands of the economy.”
Nursing students will be able to apply for a job in the new nursing care sector, which is expected to see a boost in demand from new graduates and graduates of higher qualifications.
Nurses will be eligible to join the sector, although there are concerns about the quality of their experience and how it is measured.
More than 500,000 graduates of nursing have applied for jobs in the sector since the start of the financial year, with almost two thirds of those candidates coming from lower income families.