A journalist specialising in nursing news has said people in the profession have "carried the can for austerity."
One in 10 nurses are now leaving NHS England every year, according to new figures.
Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times, said the figures were "Disappointing, but not a surprise."
She told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the drain of staff is to do with working conditions and the fact that nurses are "working under such extreme circumstances," often having to deliver extremely bad news to patients about the cancellation of their operations.
Middleton also lamented the effect of the Tories' austerity programme, adding that nurses have taken a real-terms pay cut of 14%.
Some nurses, she said, have even told her they are off working in bars as they will end up with more take-home pay.