Despite being fully qualified, the nurses' performance is so poor their bosses have had to arrange for other trained staff to watch them. The figures, released under freedom of information legislation, show seven nurses under supervision in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary alone. Another seven are under supervision in Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said: "Patients are very understanding when it comes to student or newly-qualified nurses being assisted to learn their trade. But they are less happy being treated by a nurse who is clearly not trusted by management to be left alone."