Nursing 2030 vision

The Chief Nursing Officer's long term strategy to shape the future of the nursing workforce.

Nursing in numbers


  • 50,015 registered nurses employed in NHSScotland, social care and primary care
  • 43,820 whole-time equivalent registered nurses in NHSScotland
  • 9,939 average total number of nurses in training (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd-year students) each year since 2007
  • 43% proportion of NHSScotland workforce made up by nurses
  • 92% proportion of student nurses who are women


Email: Rachel Aitchison,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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