High wastage rates associated with the nursing profession were a contributory factor driving recent reforms in the form of Project 2000 (P2000). Such changes beg the question: to what extent has this new educational initiative affected current wastage patterns among nursing students? This paper examines whether or not this new initiative is having an effect on student wastage at a first-wave college of nursing, midwifery and health visiting which implemented P2000 in 1989. Thus far, 10 cohorts of students have been admitted on to the course, seven full-time and three part-time. It is hoped other institutions involved in nurse education and training may gain some beneficial insights from the lessons learnt and measures taken to stem wastage at the college described in this case study.
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