It is thought staff are opting out of the scheme due to a squeeze on take-home pay.
"The right number of nursing staff with the right skills in the right place at the right time."
Nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the health workforce in many countries
They have been hailed as “Snow Heroes” on social media for going the extra mile to ensure that the NHS stays running.
The survey revealed that staff working in acute hospitals, mental health, primary care and community care are hit the hardest by staffing shortages.
The RCN has warned that nursing associates should not be used as a replacement for registered nurses.
This is the first time in its history the Royal College of Nursing has authorised a strike ballot.
Across the 231 NHS trusts in England, there are just eight BME executive directors of nursing.
While the three-year pay deal could never make up for the the total loss in earnings - it should help to attract and retain nurses.
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95% voted in favour of strike in a dispute over staff shortages and pay.
Unions claim the change better reflects the contribution health visitors pay to the health and wellbeing of communities.
The pay offer means that nurses in Jersey would earn £16,000 more than their counterparts in England.